One of the amazing things about watching an elite athlete running a race, even a marathon, is that will to put forth a final burst of energy to achieve a victorious outcome.
For the past few years, One Spirit and the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation have been running a marathon effort to complete the Charging Buffalo House: a fully-equipped, USDA-compliant meat processing facility that will enable the Lakota to process buffalo and other traditional meats to provide sound nutrition to people so desperately in need.
Completion of the Charging Buffalo House will offer an opportunity for employment and earnings for the Lakota as it becomes possible to produce products for commercial sale, in addition to supplying tribal members with a greatly enhanced source of healthy protein.
Over $90,000 have been raised and spent getting us this close to the finish line, and we need one last push to sprint to a victory that can mean so much to the Lakota. This is not a handout, but a hand up to help the Lakota help themselves. Bamm Brewer and his crew are putting the finishing touches on the facility as you read this: applying necessary wall and floor treatments mandated by USDA regulations to ensure full legal compliance and vital sanitation as the Charging Buffalo House, indeed, charges into completion.
Photos 1 - 3 courtesy of Gudrun Georges, Photo 4 One Spirit
The Lakota have worked so hard to make the Charging Buffalo House a reality. Fall is the harvest time for buffalo and for other game taken by Lakota hunters, so the need for your generous donations is acute to enable One Spirit and the Lakota to get the Charging Buffalo House up and running immediately.
Bamm Brewer is the man on the ground who dreamed up this project and who is extremely knowledgeable and skilled with all things Buffalo.
Check out his vision in these videos.