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Fourteen days ago, devilstower noted the impending closing of Pretty Bird Woman House (a Native American women's shelter) and asked, "Do you think we can help these folks?" As a community, you've answered, with a resounding "Oh hell yeah!"

As of 8:45 EST today, $25,745.18 has been raised in online donations. In addition, as of Saturday, the shelter had received an additional $5120.03 by way of checks sent in the mail. This $30,875 exceeds the shelter's emergency funding needs. You've done an exceptional thing over the past two weeks.

But, though I'm no longer asking for money, I'm still asking for help; it's not enough to provide an emergency cash infusion if the shelter cannot become self sustaining... and if the much larger issue of sexual and domestic violence against Native American women cannot be addressed in a more systematic way.

Although we have met the shelter's immediate need, I will leave the fundraiser open until the end of May, and donations are still gladly accepted.

After the jump, more on what else you can do, what this money buys the shelter, and some well-deserved thank yous.

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Researchers from the Amnesty Internation report that sparked this effort have offered to do an online QA session with the community. Are you interested?

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Thu May 03, 2007 at 04:26 AM PDT

Pretty Bird Woman House on the Airwaves

by nbier

Pretty Bird Woman House is a women's shelter serving the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.  Without help, the shelter will close due to lack of funds.  This diary is about a project to provide the shelter with emergency funding to remain open, and to provide long term support to help the shelter become self-sustaining.  Please give what you can, if you can.

South Dakota Public Radio is planning a one hour radio call in talk show in response to efforts to save the shelter (and the larger issues raised by the Amnesty report) today. They've invited Georgia Little Shield (PBWH's director) and other Lakota leaders, as well as an expert from Amnesty International, to talk about this issue. The May 3rd show starts at 11:00 a.m. Mountain, (Noon Central, 1:00 p.m Eastern)and it will be streamed on line at www.sdpb.org.

More info on where our efforts now stand after the jump.

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Pretty Bird Woman House is a women's shelter serving the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.  Without help, the shelter will close due to lack of funds.  This diary is about a project to provide the shelter with emergency funding to remain open, and to provide long term support to help the shelter become self-sustaining.  Please give what you can, if you can.

I just got off the phone with Georgia Little Shield, Director and Advocate at the Pretty Bird Woman House.  Over the weekend, the shelter received a call from a woman who needed to be evacuated.  If this had happened on Thursday, the shelter would not have been able to do much more than take the call.  But because of your efforts, Georgia was able to tell this woman: "Don't worry about the money--we have money coming.  Just get out and come in."

You did this.  You made this possible.

But there's more work to be done...

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If you were leary of making a paypal donation (because on the internet, no one knows that nbier is a dog), but did send a check, how much did you send?

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Pretty Bird Woman House is a women's shelter serving the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.  Without help, the shelter will close due to lack of funds.  This diary is about a project to provide the shelter with emergency funding to remain open, and to provide long term support to help the shelter become self-sustaining.  Please give what you can, if you can.

After setting up the contribution page for Pretty Bird Woman House, I got called away for the weekend, and haven't had internet access since Friday morning.  I came home tonight expecting to see maybe a few hundred dollars on the chipin page.

Wow.  Just, wow.  I'm speechless at the moment.  An update, with a whole lot of "thank you," after I get done putting my son to bed.

Wow.  I can not wait to call South Dakota and see if they've been watching.

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Anyone that heard about the recent Amnesty International report on the sexual assault and rape of Native American and Alaska Native women via the NPR coverage of the issue also heard about a Native American women's shelter in South Dakota that is closing due to lack of funding.

I'm looking for volunteers to help with a fundraising effort to keep the shelter open.  Contact me via comments (below) or at: nbier_pbwh@weepingdreams.com.

Want to contribute?  Donate here!

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Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 06:51 AM PST

Hangover Cures?

by nbier

I know that I can't be the only around here one wandering into work today with a happy heart but an aching head!  My poison of choice last night was a dangerous combo of red wine and assorted micro-brews--though I was sorely tempted to add champagne to the mix when the PA-04 results came in.  So, what are your best ways to compensate for over-indulgence?
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Tue May 02, 2006 at 07:28 AM PDT

Storm Brewing at the SBA

by nbier

In response to the Small Business Administration's bungling of Katrina loans, Bush has recently tapped Steven Preston to take the helm of the SBA.  However, as BusinessWeek is reporting, Preston is being panned by industry advocates.
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Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:45 AM PST

Bush's War on Small Business

by nbier

Throughout his campaigns and presidency, Bush has repeatedly claimed to support and help small businesses--perhaps most publicly during the debates ("Need some wood?"). In reality, however, the administration has established policies that are detrimental to small business owners.

In an interview, Lloyd Chapman (ASBL President) discusses the hostile environment that the administration has created for small business owners and his organization's court battles to correct that environment. Among other interesting tidbits, the administration was busy gutting the SBA budget and staff, even as Bush was announcing that small business would lead the way in Katrina recovery.

So, that "Republicans are pro business" meme? A lot accurate if you prepend "business" with "big."

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I felt like the recent "WTF" front page entry from Armando (and the subsequent comments) was a bit obnoxious given that all the offensive quotes were essentially unattributed. But before opening my mouth, I checked with the reporter that wrote the article.

He confirmed my suspicions: this woman is being maligned for "quotes" that were told second-hand by the recruiter that was unable to sign-up her son.

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