Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation
 

May 25, 2012

HAU!

How can we EVER THANK YOU ALL for your beautiful participation and donations in the way of our call out for TEDDY BEARS and SLEEPING BAGS! Although we didn’t get as many sleeping bags as we need, (I know we’re all hurting with this econony and the good sleeping bags are very expensive) our goal was 1,000 Teddy Bears and over 3,000 of the most beautiful little cuddly bears came in from all over the country!! We will post photos of them on our site! They were SO funny, we set them up on the largest tarp possible in our garage and lined them all up in rows and they spilled out into the driveway.

It looked as though they were all watching a sporting event or a lecture, all different shapes of heads, colors, designs, big, medium, little, even giant bears to tiny bears, and most of them brand new! Those that were not had to be out of the precious collections of folks who have a tender heart and were simplifying their lives by giving us the bears because they knew we would hand them out to the little Lakotal children in person when we take our trip to the Rosebud in South Dakota in August.

To each and every person who sent us a donation, we give our deepest and greatest heartfelt thanks. The children will LOVE these sweet little bears! One wonderful lady, Diane, sent us 75 brand new bears! Another Juvenile Court Judge in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Honorable Timothy Irwin, sent us 150 wonderful soft cuddly animals. After he looked over our website, he could see the exceeding need we have been trying to fulfill ~ and passed some greatly needed little softies onto us for distribution on the Reservation.

Thank you ALL for your most generous participation and giving to these special people and children out on the High Plains.

Pilamaya Wopila Tanka (that’s ” many thanks” in Lakota)
and Wokan Tanka Kici Un (May God Bless.)

Gratefully,
Cynthia J. Hicks-Orth (Cindy)
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.
232 Spruceview Drive
Plainwell, Michigan 49080

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

May 21, 2012

ENJOY THE FUN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Hello Everybody!  We have beary beary important news for you!  Before your eyes, you will see the result of our call for teddy bears for the young children of the Rosebud Lakota Sious and Pine Riege Oglala Sioux Reservation for the end of the summer.  This is so that every child can have a cuddly, huggable bear buddy.  They will be handed out personally.  We will be on our late summer Give-Away trip to South Dakota late August.

Additionally, we put together dozen soft balls, both sizes, 9 or 10 leather catcher’s mitts, and a beautiful bat from ebay!  So we are supporting some softball teams on the Pine Ridge as well!

Also, we just ended a “call for bathtowels and facecloths” so 150 kids, ages 9-19 can go to camp over Memorial Day from the Pine Ridge Reservation.  We we called for help and over 150 sets came in.  We freighted them out May 15 so that everyone would have his towel and two face cloths and that no one would be left behind.

Hey!  This is fun!  You should get in on this with us and help us to make everyone’s life as comfortable and fun as possible!  Thank you for ALL YOU DONORS have done, always responding!  It is fun to make a difference in everyone’s life!

REMEMBER, STAND TOGETHER!  WANJILA NAJIMPI!  HELP ONE ANOTHER!  OKICIYAPI!

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

May 19, 2012

UNITED NATIONS AND THE BLACK HILLS

On Friday, May 11, 2012, UN official James Anaya stated in his report on indigenous rights that America needs to give the Black Hills (including Mount Rushmore) back to the Sioux Indians.  Anaya wrote that the Sioux were forcibly removed from the “sacred land” by the US Government in 1877 when in fact the Black Hills had been set aside for them in the Treaty of 1868.

Anaya said in his report to the UN Human Rights Office,

“It was impressed upon me that the sense of loss, alienation, and indignity is pervasive throughout Indian Country.”

America must do more to overcome a century of oppression for Native Americans. Restoration of the land would help bring about reconciliation, and provide socio-economic development, self determination, and cultural integrity for native people. Read more.

With UN official Anaya’s findings, it is long past time to do the right things for the suffering and land grabbing by the White race over the last four centuries. Come on everybody. Time to make it up. Congressional Committee anyone?

WOPILA TANKA. WOKAN TANKA KICI UN!
Many thanks and God Bless You in Lakota.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

May 12, 2012

YOU DID IT!

Hey, friends of Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation. You did it!

We have received 150 beautiful quality bath towels and 300 face cloths for the 150 youth who will now be able to attend camp outside the reservation in Keystone, South Dakota. Nobody will be left out! We thank you so much.

These kids will have a beautiful camping experience and make memories for a life over the Memorial Day weekend. We owe such thanks to all of you who made this possible. The opportunity to attend camp is out of reach for so many,  and for so many reason, yet, your generosity made it possible.

Thank you. Thank you, Thank you!

WOPILA TANKA. WOKAN TANKA KICI UN!
Many thanks and God Bless You in Lakota.

Cindy Hicks-Orth
Director
Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.

Email: info@givingbacktowoundedknee.org for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!

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