We are so grateful to all who have donated to our Wood for Home Heat program. Because of your kindness, we've been able to deliver wood to the many Lakota families who have asked for our help.
In case you missed it, here is the Huff Post article that ignited the giving: Native Americans Who Can’t Afford Heat Take Desperate Measures To Stay Warm
Our director Jeri Baker was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post.
Click here to read the article.
After 12 years working with the Lakota (Sioux) people, I shared their concern about a book about natives written by a non-native. This historical novel, first in a trilogy, is amazingly well researched and well written. It accurately portrays the culture of the Lakota people and provides vivid descriptions of life, hardships, and dreams of those who chose to move west on wagon trains crossing the US. It also portrays the immigrants who came here lured by the dream of a new life, and the conflicts that occurred as a result of different cultures and different lifestyles. It also vividly describes those who viewed Natives as a group to be dominated and annihilated if necessary to meet a political goal or to pursue personal riches - something that continued long after the time of Manifest Destiny.
The Lakota language is unique and varied, with various ways of saying something. The word "pilamaya" is often used for a simple "thank you," while "wopila tanka" has a broader, ceremonial usage to express gratitude for all aspects of life in a wider sense, and refers to a general statement of gratefulness that applies to a group.