Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation
 

August 30, 2012

HELP US TO PURCHASE WARM SLEEPING BAGS

One of our Giving Back To Wounded Knee board members has found a deal on irregular outdoor sleeping bags. We have a chance to obtain (buy) 616 cold weather sleeping bags for $8 per bag! At the recent Ransom, Michigan library presentation on the Massacre at Wounded Knee we raised $2,000. Yet, we need to raise $2000 more. We need to pay for our rental truck, food, fuel, and rooms for Give Away trip to the Rosebud Reservation at the end of month. One of our board members was willing to kick in $1, 000 more to get us at $3,000 but we still need to raise an additional $2,000.

Will you help us? If just 20 people send us $100 each, we can take out 700 sleeping bags that would warm two whole communities on the Rosebud or Pine Ridge! That ALMOST gets us to our goal of 1000 bags! If 40 people donate $50 each, that makes is more affordable for more people.

Giving Back To Wounded Knee receives the sleeping bags when we send in the money, in bulk, or we don’t get the deal.  We have about 25 or 30 bags ready to take with us, donated, right now, some gently used. But can you imagine if we can 700 bags out there to keep people warm!

If you would like to donate money to this worthwhile cause please visit our shopping list page.  Click on the donate button a the bottom of the page.

We appreciate your support.

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!

 


August 28, 2012

BISON ON A SLOW REBOUND

Historically, factually, in America in the 1500’s – 1700’s, there was an estimated 77 million buffalo roaming not only the Great Plains of America, but roaming as far east as the Mississippi River in the prairies of Iowa and Illinois. This was the major food source of the Plains American Indians.

The assault on the buffalo began in the 1830’s making the buffalo extinct west of the Rocky Mountains. The United States military and European immigrants making their way west were the primary source of the major offenders in drastically reducing the numbers of the America’s largest mammals. In 1844, over 75,000 Bison robes were sold. Between 1870 and 1891, bones of 31 million buffalo were collected and sold. In order to drive the Indians from the plains, over 60 million buffalo and two million elk were destroyed.

The railroad from the east meeting the railroad from the west was also involved in the destruction, having to feed thousands of workers laying the tracks. After the track was laid, passengers traveling in either direction were often handed long guns and rifles to shoot buffalo from their passenger windows as the train continued its journey. A “Buffalo Shoot” was considered a passenger “perk” of the trip.

The Buffalo population in 1906, the year my grandmother was married (born in 1879, 11 years before the massacre at Wounded Knee), was shockingly reduced to 1,000. Somehow, someone pulled the plug on this slaughter and at present time, the buffalo population numbers are growing slowly. One half million now live, with cattle genes. Just 12,000 – 15,000 with pure buffalo genetics currently are surviving. The old phrase, “A dead buffalo is a dead Indian” was said in the 1800’s in the attempt to drive the Indians from the Great Plains.

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

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

August 27, 2012

FINALIZING PLANS FOR ROSEBUD GIVEAWAY

Our journey to the Rosebud Reservation has been postponed by a few weeks. We want to be out there for our HUGE GRAND GIVE AWAY no later than the first week in October.  Our trip was originally scheduled for the 2nd full moon of the month of August, the “Blue Moon” known by the whites.  This spiritual celestial experience is known as the Spiritual Ancestral Moon by the American Indians in which they call to the ancestors and celebrate their heritage of those already crossed over.  But circumstances are such that we must reschedule. Please see our next news post as to when we nail down the date.

Our goal continues to be to collect over 1,000+ sleeping bags good to -20 degrees. If you would like to donate a warm sleeping bag we are still collecting them! We have 3500 brand new teddy bears and little bed buddies for the children who are ages 1 – 9.

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!

NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED SITES FOR SALE

Wounded Knee Massacre Site For Sale
Cindy Hicks-Orth, Director of Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation, gave a presentation about the 1890 Massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota at the Ransom Library in Plainwell on August 16, 20l2. There was standing room only as the topic interested many, and the presentation was very well received.

Hicks-Orth is concerned that the “taking away” of the cultural heritage of the Ogalala Sioux is still going on. She recently learned that the Wounded Knee massacre site is up for sale, as is the very sacred Pe Sla, an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just west of Rapid City.

While the Wounded Knee Massacre occurred over 100 years ago, the place is still fresh in the minds of the people who live there. The actual massacre site is located twelve miles from the village of Pine Ridge on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in the District of Wounded Knee.  It contains a mass grave with a marker of listing the names of all of the innocent men, women, and children who were gunned down by the Hotchkiss guns trained on them that cold December morning.   Read the historical account.  The massacre site also has an information shelter with a guide who shows interested visitors a large scrapbook of newspaper articles saved from that date.

“It is good for every traveler when they are in the area to pay their respects, and to understand why this tragedy occurred.  They are witnessing a part of American history that is not covered in the text books,  yet it has not been erased in the hearts and minds of those who live on the Pine Ridge – the Ogala Sioux. It is the equivalent of visiting a civil war battlefield like Gettysburg,” said Cindy Hicks-Orth.

Pe’ Sla Land For Sale
The land, almost 2,000 acres of Pe’ Sla is privately owned and contains five tracts of 300 to 400 acres. There is concern that the land could be developed for commercial or residential use by developers and that the state of South Dakota would build a road through the middle of this sacred land.  The auction date was set for August 25, and then was “cancelled”.  The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much as Pe’ Sla as they can, although they believe the land cannot be owned and the sacred places were illegally taken by the United States.  Yet, they are working within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of their sacred and stolen sites, and prevent future road and industrial development

The Pe’ Sla land is revered because at certain times of the year when the stars align,  The Lakota People pray at Pe’Sla. They cannot go elsewhere to pray. As a people they were meant to pray here.  Many generations of their ancestors prayed here too.  The Lakota People’s sacred ways must be protected and passed on to their future generations so that their children may live. Many believe the area should be designated as a national historic site as this area of the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) is also home to many plants and animals who need to be protected.

President Theodore Roosevelt designated much of the American West to the protection of National Historic Parks ~ Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, the Little Big Horn, and Yosemite National Park, among many.  Will President Obama be moved to similar action?

There is a talented group of bright young Lakota lawyers, and professional Native People that are dedicated to the promotion of education, health, leadership and sovereignty among their Indigenous Nations.  Sara Jumping Eagle has created a petition calling on President Barack Obama and Secretary Ken Salazar and the State of South Dakota to save this sacred Sioux land by designating it as a historical landmark or nature preserve. Sign the petition. 

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has designated $50,000.00 for the purpose pf purchasing Pe’Sla land.  Yet, many of the Sioux Tribes continue to exist in poverty and do not have a thriving casino basis economy as the media may portray.  Learn more. 

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!

 

 

August 6, 2012

NATIVE AMERICAN ATHLETES DESERVE MORE SUPPORT

In the 20th Century, Jim Thorpe, a Potawatomi, won two Olympic gold medals, played professional baseball and football and became the first president of the league that would become the NFL!!!

Four years ago Navaho distance runner Brandon Leslie was among several Native American Indian hopefuls in the 2008 Olympics but his battle for financial backing is typical of top-notch Indian athletes. Maurice Smith, an advocate with the Native American Sports Council, which is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said,

“I can’t raise a dollar for this kid because nobody believes in his passion and understands that here was the next Billy Mills.”

Leslie left a reservation in Gallup, New Mexico, and became an NCAA Division II All-American and the 2000 Division II 10,000-meters champion at Adams State College in Alamose, Colorado. His best time in the event was 28 minutes, 36.52 seconds, and he competed in the 2004 Olympic trials. Where are you now, Leslie?

Smith said Native American Indian athletes don’t lack drive or talent. “The perspiration is there,” he said. “The commitment is there. We need to continue to be resilient and provide more opportunities.”

Healthy sports participation vibrates on most reservations but not beyond. THAT COULD CHANGE IS THE NATIVE AMERICAN OLYMPIC STEERING COMMITTEEE’S BID FOR OLYMPIC INCLUSION SUCCEEDS! Bid organizers want international olympic committee recognition as a sovereign nation, which would allow Native American Indians and First Nations athletes in Canada to compete in the games to compete as their own North American Indigenous team!!!

This would present an exciting opportunity for all Native American and First Nations athletes.

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!

 


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