by Jim Devescraft
An Epidemic of Despair
Since our inception, One Spirit has been focused first on providing natural, healthy food to the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of the most poverty-stricken places in the country.
Here, the lack of proper nutrition and massive unemployment have led to a sense of despair that leads to unhealthy life choices that create epidemic levels of diabetes, and more ominously, alcoholism. These threaten the very existence of the Lakota and prolong the persecution of this noble native people that began in the nineteen century and continues unabated.
Photo credit: Wikipedia (CC0) 1.0 Nebraska Highway 87 forms the main street of Whiteclay
.... in Solidarity Against White Supremacists
"I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown, or red. When you are dealing with humanity as one family, there's no question of integration or intermarriage. It's just one human being marrying another human being, or one human being living around and with another human being."
We were short a couple of drivers, but that didn’t keep us down long. Since Mark is starting to use the flatbed trailer, which usually means a bigger load, we were lucky to be able to work with at least ten volunteers. After last month’s cuts, this past Saturday we handled a more comfortable number of boxes.
Being the Change We Want to See in Our World
Are you upset with the amount of hate engulfing our world? Do you wonder what you can do to show that we care about the world and the people who live in it? Do you have skills that include writing, website maintenance, graphic design, newsletter layout, communication, fundraising, etc. One Spirit needs people skilled in one or more of these areas.
Join us. Your skills can help end hunger and diet-related disease on Pine Ridge Reservation and provide vision and hope for Lakota youth.
One person can make a difference, in fact, if it doesn’t start with one person, it will never start at all.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.