Pine Ridge Reservation Build for 2014
Greetings and a warm handshake to each of you whose eyes fall on this post.
I recall that I told you about my small grassroots, non-profit; the "best kept secret" here in Fort collins...we have been working with a few of the people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the community of Wounded Knee. This year we are working with the Fast Horse family (see attachments). I am busy trying to raise $65k which will:
a).build the house - Texas Natural Builders director, David Reed, will take the lead in the build of the house, which can be seen in the attachments below. This ambitious undertaking is a four year project which will greatly assist this beautiful young family in their work as a safe house for children in need of a place to live for a while, rather than being lost into the outrageous Department of Social Services. Please see: lakotalaw.org/about-us as well as google "Native Foster Care - Lost Children, Shattered Families". You see, our struggle against genocide continues to this day.
b).help us build a fence for an organic garden. Lena Apple (wife of Joe) is already well versed in organic gardening, as she grew a garden in upper housing Wounded Knee when everyone around her said she was doing the impossible. Lena is a very strong Lakota woman and thinks not just of her children...but also the other women and their children. She wonders how she can help them as well. When she harvested her hard work, she shared the bounty with all of her neighbors...children and elders.
c).build a root cellar for her harvest, which will not only be given away, but also will help to feed the International, domestic, and local volunteers who come to help.
d.)build a bunkhouse/campsite and outdoor kitchen with classroom area for same volunteers. The classrooms will be for use of Joe Fast Horse and visiting instructors to teach alternative building methodologies, and Lena Apple, who can grow her technical skills to reach out to and teach other women how to connect with and join their voices to the sisters of the world.
e).It will also help to purchase and transport stones from the Hot Springs area to build gabions and/or trincheros for water restoration to the dry Fast Horse creek on the land. All of these things are imperative to the build, but this is especially important as Joe would like to enlarge his small two-horse herd to one that will enable him to offer trail rides at minimal fees for extra dollars to help with the household expenses.
Additionally, I have three items that are sorely needed on the "gofundmesite" which is listed under my name.
We have been supported in our work by United Church of Christ, Washington Park in Denver, Todd Smeidendorf, Senior Pastor, and are getting ready to do a presentation to the UCC here in Fort Collins. Mary Jo Farrington of the Universal Unitarians in Rapid City helps with our International volunteer transport and hospitality. Dr. Denise Hall, of UU will work on the Reservation with us and currently sits on our advisory board. David Axtell is our International volunteer coordinator. We have done presentations on our project at UC Boulder and were supported by them for two years, and have been presented with a grant twice from the "Microbreweries for the Environment" in Boulder, and we are recognized by the Environmental Center at UC Boulder. Student members of Engineers Without Borders at Colorado State University, will help us with our alternative energy needs, mainly a vertical axis wind turbine.
Our website is: http://winyanmaka07.webs.com. Please visit us there and use that donation button to help us with this really important work for the Fast Horse family and the Lakota children, down to the 7th generation. Give what you are comfortable giving and we thank you for your support. Be sure to look at the "give-away" items on the bottom of the "gofundme" pages.
I will conclude by saying if you have further questions or need further information, please give me a call at (970) 980-1826 or (970) 494-0700 (home), or just e-mail me at email@example.com, leave a message on here, and I am also on Facebook. I hope to hear from you soon. Until than be well, stay strong on your Journey and Wicosani to you and those you love.