A message from Wakanyeja Pawicayapi Inc. - Porcupine, SD
As a supporter of grassroots organizations on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Village Earth would like to highlight the work of Wakanyeja Pawicayapi, Inc. based out of the village of Porcupine. Wakanyeja Means Children. Wakanyeja has much deeper meaning; “Wakan” is sacred and “yeja” is translated to mean “a gift” Pawicayapi: to put them first. We believe that the ‘Sacred Gift’ is at the center of the sacred hoop of life, and they must be protected and nurtured. They are our future and the most fragile. Wakanyeja Pawicayapi, Inc. (Children First) comes from the rebirth of the Lakota way of life and laws through education, healing, and collaboration. This holiday season, please consider donating directly to Wakanyeja Pawicayapi by going to their website at http://www.wakanyeja.org/
A message from Wakanyeja Pawicayapi Inc
"As a Lakota culturally appropriate mental health resource for children/youth and families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since 1999, we do not receive federal funds for the services we provide. These services include primarily child/youth and family healing in the areas of trauma, suicide prevention, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
We respectfully ask for your support, both financially and spiritually. Your financial support will help us to purchase wood for the purification lodge ceremonies, purchase food to serve children/youth and families after the ceremonies and pay for general operating costs.
Your spiritual support in the form of appeals to the Creator on behalf of children/youth and families who continue to suffer from intergenerational grief, loss and trauma will strengthen the work that we do and will assist in the ongoing battle for our Lakota way of life and the future of our children and grandchildren. For more information contact Taoiye Wakan Win, S. Ramona White Plume, Executive Director, Wakanyeja Pawicayapi, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Porcupine, SD 57772, email@example.com, 605-455-1226. Wopila (thank you)."
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PEOPLE- TO- PEOPLE COMMIT TO PURSUE THIS MISSION GLOBALLY & PEACEFULLY, WITH THE INTENT OF ACHIEVING IT FOR ALL OF MANKIND WITHIN OR WITHOUT THE SYSTEMS CURRENTLY IN PLACE.
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Keep Social Security Safe
Dear David And Sharon,
The Co-Chairs of the president’s Deficit Commission have proposed deep cuts to Social Security under the guise of reducing the budget deficit. They want to cut benefits for middle-class workers and reduce annual Cost of Living Adjustments. On top of that, they want to increase the retirement age to 69.
We must stop them!
Tuesday, November 30, is the National Call-In Day to say “No!” to Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts. We need every person to call their senators and representative and demand that they keep Social Security intact. Nothing can happen to Social Security unless Congress lets it.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at
(800) 962-3524 or (202) 224-3121.
Find your representative or senators here
and contact them directly.
When you call, tell them:
• Gutting Social Security will not reduce the budget deficit. Social Security is funded separately, from employee contributions. It is entirely self-sufficient—even at today’s retirement age and funding levels—until 2037.
• Americans are hurting right now. The only thing that these misbegotten changes to Social Security and Medicare will do is to harm its beneficiaries—the disabled, the retired, the middle class, and the poor.
• Every dollar paid out from Social Security goes right back into the economy. People who receive Social Security house, feed, and clothe themselves with the payments.
• Face the elephant in the room: Military spending must be cut. PDA members will be in DC lobbying Congress to cut military spending while the rest of the country makes calls on November 30.
For talking points on protecting Medicare from cuts, click here.
Take “the pledge” to make these calls on November 30 here.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (800) 962-3524
or (202) 224-3121.
Find your own representative or senators here and
contact them directly.
Let’s make this a call-in day that Congress will never forget.
Tim Carpenter, PDA national director
I have been in contact with a woman who teaches on Pine Ridge Rez and 14 of her kids are coming to school in only sweaters because they have no winter coats! I am sure you all have seen the weather in South Dakota right now. Would you want your kids going out like that? Also, another couple on Rosebud Rez says there is a need there for Blankets... These aren't websites asking for help, they are real people. Please, please, do what you can to help. I can accept donations of new or lightly used winter wear for 10-13 year olds or any age for that matter, and blankets too, and ship them out there. I can also check and see if it's ok that i send the direct addresses of those on both rez's that can distribute these items..
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with any of these items.. It's freezing out there now and most of us are all warm and snug in our homes. please share a little of the blessings we have in our lives, with those who need it most..
Help with the same things as above, is needed at the womens shelter on Red Lake... Please, whatever you can spare will be put to good use by sisters who sometimes show up with their kids and just the clothes on their backs...