Oct 7, 2021 | Native Hope
“Thank you so much, these items will help bring self-confidence to my students, everybody deserves to feel clean and have these basic items. My kids will love their surprise on Monday!” We recently provided a Batesland School teacher with hygiene items, and water bottles for her students, thanks to the help of our donors. Batesland School is part the Oglala Lakota School District located on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
30 days of assistance
Over the course of September, we traveled nearly 1,000 miles to provide aid to local reservations! This consisted of delivering over 1,200 boxes of much-needed items to three reservations, supplying three tribal schools with supplies for their students, and providing COVID-19 kits for families in need. With these kits, we were able to provide 77 quarantined individuals with cleaning supplies and groceries!
Ground breaking ceremony
One of our many goals for Native Hope is that we strive to build strong relationships with tribal members. To show our support, and excitement we attended the Tokata Youth Center ground breaking ceremony. At the ceremony, we had the honor of listening to Crow Creek Chairman Peter Lengkeek, and other community members discuss their hopes of what this will bring for the Crow Creek community.
A place of healing
The Lower Brule Drug Court needed of our assistance this past month. We were able to supply them with sage and sweet grass, two plants that are considered sacred and used for prayer, smudging or purifying ceremonies. Two new members began their treatment process, we were able to provide them with hygiene and clothing, and we wish them the best on their healing journey.
Back to Basics assists new mothers
Our Back to Basics program gave us have the ability to provide assistance to Family Enrichment and Shared Waters. They have a similar mission: To provide guidance and assistance for new parents and their children. Many Native families struggle, so the assistance these facilities provide is very much needed and appreciated. Thank you to our supporters for helping us fulfill this need of baby bundles, and other supplies.
This upcoming month, we look forward to hearing from tribal leaders, community members, and partners on how we can assist them, and their communities. We want to thank our generous donors for all of their support in helping us provide direct aid to our Native American communities.
Together we are making a difference in Indian Country.