Giving Back to Wounded Knee 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

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