Yesterday, I posted an article about Amnesty International's heartbreaking report on violence against Native American and Native Alaskan women. As part of that article, I had a link to the Pretty Bird Woman House, a women's shelter on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.
The story of how the house was founded was painfully sad and the tragedy was compounded by the news that Pretty Bird Woman House is on the brink of closing for lack of funds. Thankfully, the DailyKos community responded. Kos contributor nbier contacted the shelter and made arrangements to collect funds for them. Even as he was talking to the shelter worker, he learned that she was literally on her last paycheck. It's that close.
I'd like to ask you to go to the Save Pretty Bird Woman House chip in page and show these folks that someone was touched by their story, and that this community wants to reach out to their community.
I'd like to extend my thanks to nbier for making the effort to contact the shelter and collect the information. Hopefully, we can get them some funds before the lights go off. Then maybe we can convince them that it would be worthwhile to put up a web page to pass along news of the shelter's progress.
Update [2007-4-27 17:5:30 by Devilstower]: One of these days, I'm going to stop being astounded by the genorosity of this community -- but not today. I went off for a meeting, and when I came back there was more than $3,000. I think nbier was on the road this afternoon. Boy, is he going to be surprised!