Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation

July 25, 2013


Dear Readers,

It is with great sadness that I bring you the news that Maria Tallchief, a Kennedy Center honoree and daughter of a full blood Osage Indian from Oklahoma passed over this past April, 2013.

Tallchief was widely regarded as America’s first major prima ballerina and the first Native American to be so celebrated in the ballet world.  She danced with the New York City Ballet and appeared with other dance companies, and participated in many film and TV projects.

In 1966 she retired, founded, and served as co-artistic director for the Chicago City Ballet through the 1980’s. She was also an honorary artistic adviser for the Chicago Festival Ballet from 1990 until her death April 11 at age 88 in Chicago. Her death is a great loss for the Arts and for the “Second City.”

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

Email: for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!


Within the last week a number of news sources (including the London Daily Mail,  CBS News, the Rapid City Journal, NPQ News wire) state that Johnny Depp plans to spend millions of his own money to return the land of Wounded Knee to Native Americans.

Wounded Knee, the site and the scene of an 1890 massacre is up for sale for $3.9 million dollars. Local Native Americans say they cannot afford to buy it. Depp is outraged and wants to help.

“Wounded Knee is very sacred ground and many atrocities were committed against the Sioux there. And, in the 1970’s there was a stand – off between the Feds (Federal Government) and the people who should own that land. This historical land is so important to Sioux culture, and all I want to do is buy it and give it back. Why doesn’t the government do that?

Depp had personal motives for signing up to play Tonto in the current box office movie, The Lone Ranger.  He is fiercely proud of his own Native American heritage. By taking the role he saw it as a way to make amends for the way Native Americans have been portrayed in film.

“I was told at a very young age I have some Indian blood. God knows how much that’s there. . . It is a part of me. . . History is in the hands of those who get to write the books, as they say. Until you grow up and read about the true facts, that’s the stuff they teach you in school.”

Will Depp be able to purchase the land?

“I am doing my best to make that happen. Wounded Knee is the land they were pushed on to, and then they were massacred there. It really saddens me.”

What a man! says Cindy Hicks-Orth, Executive Director of Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation. Since this news surfaced, the price of the land has gone up to $4.9 million dollars, by the seller, a white man who lives in Rapid City, by the name of James Czywczynski. 

The land is purported to be worth no more than $14,000, according to the Oglala Sioux Tribe, of which the massacre site is located. 

Johnny, don’t you dare back down!  Don’t let this guy take advantage of you, as has been the experience of the Sioux and all other Native American Indian tribes for 400+ years.

What you are doing is fantastic. We are all rooting for you! Frankly, I thought Kevin Costner would be the first to step up to the plate.
GOOD FOR YOU AND WOPILA TANKA –(many thanks in Lakota)
ne’ WOKAN TANKA KICI UN — (May God Bless You).


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

Email: for more information about our not-for-profit foundation!


July 14, 2013


On Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 1pm Cindy Hicks-Orth, founder and director of Giving Back to Wounded Knee Foundation will give a presentation titled “Together In The Spirit” at the Westchester Public Library. Midwest SOARRING Foundation, a Native American organization located in Westchester, Illinois, is sponsoring Hicks as their speaker for this event.

The public and all interested are invited to this fascinating presentation which covers the history and current day affairs on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations.  Hicks is of Shawnee Ancestry and is Executive Director of the not-for-profit foundation, Giving Back To Wounded Knee Foundation, Inc.  She spends much of her summers planning and organizing her foundation’s annual Give Away for the Oglala Lakota and Rosebud Sicangu Reservations in South Dakota. An activist for Native American Indian issues, Hicks speaks all over the country on issues current and relavant to the people she serves, and those issues of historical value that may not be so familiar with “outsiders”.

Hicks creates awareness of the conditions in which her Sioux friends exist, careful to dispell those who think that all Native Indians are wealthy due to some of the casinos found on fortunate reservations. The Rosebud and Pine Ridge are in two of the three most poverty stricken counties in the country. Every summer, Hicks gathers a group and together they take a Truck of Honor out to either Pine Ridge or Rosebud to distribute the goods among the tribal
citizens who are all invited to attend.

The public is invited to participate in this year’s Give Away scheduled for September 2013 by bringing a new or gently used item to the talk. Items that are needed include new men’s or women’s gloves, wool scarves, and socks for children or an adults. Gently used toys, DVD’s, books, schoolsupplies, bookbags, or a new pillow or blanket would be also be greatly appreciated. Remember to sign who the item is from.

This presentation is free and all are welcome. The Westchester Public Library is located at 10700 Canterbury Street, Westchester, IL. 60154. To learn more about Midwest SOARRING Foundation, sponsoring organization for this presentation visit their website at

Wolf Pack