As we all look forward to the Thanksgiving celebration and its indulgent pleasures, it is important to remember that many of our fellow American citizens face a far bleaker prospect. Nowhere could this be more true than on the frigid, wind-swept prairie of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
This writer was raised nearby on the plains of Wyoming, and can recall the frigid gusts that cut through clothing and chill to the very marrow of one's bones. In my case, I could rush out of the gales into a warm, well-heated and insulated house where warm food awaited. For many of the Lakota on Pine Ridge, the story is far more grim.
Please watch this short video in which Dawn Brown Eyes explains the urgent need to understand and complete the Charging Buffalo House:
Every donation of $25 or more will be matched, will receive a postcard depicting the union of the Buffalo to the People, and will be entered in the drawing for the Globe Dream Catcher by Wade Standing Bear!
Dennis Banks died on October 29th due to problems after a heart surgery. He was 80 years old. After Russel Means he is another legend of AIM who left this world. Like actor Adam Beach, Dennis Banks came from the tribe of the Ojibwa.
Photo credit by Monika Fitzner
As a child, like many others, Banks was separated from his family and sent away to boarding schools. He managed to escape several times to come home to his mother, but was brought back again each time.
It is now the fourth time that the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Eastern Germany (which is dedicated to author Karl May who lived in the 19th century and became famous by writing novels about Native Americans and created a big interest for Native American issues in Germany, lasting until today) celebrated Thanksgiving together with the visitors in the beautiful garden of the museum. For the first time, One Spirit Germany joined in. In Germany Thanksgiving is not a national holiday as it is in the US and we also do not have a
certain date to celebrate Thanksgiving. Normally, a Thanksgiving celebration within a community or city takes place on a Sunday either in September or early October.