Supporting the Lakota, Finding Hope

Allen Youth Center Library

The news media is giving much attention to the State of Emergency on Pine Ridge created by the huge number of youth who have attempted suicide and the heartbreakingly large number who succeeded.  We have joined with the Lakota to do everything possible for Lakota youth.

 

Working with the Lakota people to bring hope and healing to their community.

 
Empowering youth to take pride in themselves and their culture.
We are supporting Run for Life and other Running Events, Crazy Horse Ride, New Warrior Camps, Youth Centers, Lakota Village.  In addition, the food program is working hard to make food accessible to kids and families by putting food in the youth centers and establishing food banks in all areas of the reservation. 
We know that Lakota youth are so much more than just statistics.


The future of their culture depends on them. We need to let them know how much they matter...
... to their tiospaye (extended family),
... to their tribe,
... to the world.

 

Your support tells the world that Lakota lives matter. 

 Your help makes it all possible.  Please give as much as you can.

Remember: Every donation of $25 is entered into a drawing for the necklace, a stamped 10 kt. yellow gold pearl and diamond pendant.

 

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From The New York Times, May 1, 2015

“In our culture, the children are sacred”

“To be Lakota in this world is a challenge because they want to maintain their own culture, but they’re being told their culture is not successful” 

Since December, nine young people have committed suicide on the reservation. 

At least 103 attempts by people ages 12 to 24 occurred from December to March.

“It’s just a common thing,” said a 15 year old, of suicide attempts on the reservation.

Lakota teens have said “they were tired of the lives they had at home, no food, with parents intoxicated, and some were being abused, mentally or sexually.”

When a grandfather talks about his granddaughters suicide, he points to the multi-generational trauma inflicted on Native Americans and the intercultural tensions that still exist today. 

On a trip to Rapid City over the New Year, a group of Lakota girls overheard a woman call them “filthy Indians” as they passed through a hotel lobby.

“My beautiful Lakota granddaughter had to hear that. Our kids today just want to die because they’re sick of all this oppression.”

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