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As you probably know if you clicked on this diary, the Daily Kos community supports a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota called Okiciyap ("we help" in Lakota) the Isabel Community.

THIS Saturday is the Okiciyap Christmas party, where they will be having food and distributing gifts to the children and elders.

Here's a message from Emily Penick Taylor, the new PAID pantry director:

"My elves are busily wrapping presents and getting things ready for our lil Christmas party this Saturday. We will be delivering gifts to the children & elderly. Saturday we will have soup & fry bread as well at treats for the kids and SANTA will be here! Not sure what time we will start but it will be after noon because we will have Food Pantry distribution until Noon then as well as Friday from 1 to 7pm and Saturday from 9am to noon... we will deliver SOME of the presents but not all...would like everyone that lives in town to come have some soup n frybread! and bring the kids to have some munchies ."

Want to contribute something? Join me below to see what the pantry has been up to this year, and what it needs in terms of donations. There's something for all budgets.

meagert has offered to send one of her bridle leather belts to the next people who donate $100 or more (photo below). He had three of them, and two are still available as far as I know.

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As you probably know if you clicked on this diary, the Daily Kos community supports a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota called Okiciyap ("we help" in Lakota) the Isabel Community.  Join me below to see what the pantry has been up to this year, and what it needs in terms of donations. There's something for all budgets.

UPDATE: meagert has offered to send one of her bridle leather belts to the next three people who donate $100 or more (photo below).

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Tue Dec 03, 2013 at 03:01 PM PST

Giving Tuesday: Okiciyap

by Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

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As we get closer to Christmas, some folks out there in social media land have declared the advent of 'Giving Tuesday' to join the pantheon of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.  

Perhaps to offset the perceived self-centeredness and commercialism, perhaps (if you're cynical) merely to add yet more commercialism to the season.  Either way, it can be a tool for good, which puts it a step up on the One Ring.

I would like to invite those of you who have the luxury of being financially stable to join me in using this newest 'holiday' by thinking again, as so many of you have, time and again, of one of DK's favorite charities.

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Okiciyap is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization

Donate by Check:
Okiciyap
PO Box 172
Isabel, SD 57633

A favorite fundraising project for many of us in the community at DailyKos is the Okiciyap (Lakota for "We Help") Food Pantry. The food pantry on the Cheyenne River reservation fills an urgent need providing much needed sustenance for young and old alike. It also works with assisting with the education of the young people in the area. In fact, in August our community was able to help Okiciyap provide the local youngsters with backpacks full of the school supplies needed for a good start to the school year. Over the years we have conducted many successful fundraisers for needs both large and small, including a wonderfully successful quilt auction. Now the need is basic and acute, money to buy food to distribute to hungry people.

Even in the best of times the people on the American Indian Reservations of South Dakota have many challenges including chronic poverty and some of the worst unemployment rates in the country. The unemployment rates on high plains reservations can reach unbelievable levels even exceeding 80 percent. And these are far from the best of times.

So exacerbating the normal difficulties with a weak economy came the sequester which made the problems so much worse, as you can read about in Meteor Blades's diary. And we are still crippling the federal programs on the reservations, funding at sequester levels. I can not even begin to imagine how the government shutdown impacted the reservation. But just for good measure throw in an early heavy severe snowstorm.

Incredibly, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cuts are scheduled for November. All over the country food pantries are facing shortages. The donations are often down to sugary sodas and candy, if available at all. Now more than anytime the need is money to buy food. Please, will you help with this?

Follow me below the fry bread thingey for incentives to snag your donations.

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DONATE
by credit card
Okiciyap is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization

Donate by Check:
Okiciyap
PO Box 172
Isabel, SD 57633

There is nothing I like more than feeding people. As a waitress, a mom, a teacher, and a community member, offering a meal is as satisfying as it gets. While I can't always put someone at my table, I can and do donate food items or cash when asked.  

I would like to share with you a way that you too can help; an investment that seems small for an individual, but can build over a long time to be amazing.

I am asking you to join iGive, an organization that collects a small donation from online retailers every time you shop and donates the money to Okiciyap, (Lakota for "we help) a food bank organized and run by American Indians on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

The members of the Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap group stepped up and became a resource for the pantry volunteers when they lost Georgia Little Shield, their guiding light and on-line organizer.

I work with the Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap group and joined iGive two seasons ago, when it seemed that Georgia's goal for the Okiciyap Food Pantry and Community Center might fade away due to her untimely death.

We raised money and and encouraged donations so the pantry could be firmly established in Isabel, South Dakota.

Now, we are asking you to continue your support. There will be diaries asking for donations over the next few weeks, but I am only asking you to donate a few minutes by registering with iGive. The cumulative donations from new members at iGive choosing to support the pantry will grow and grow over the years; each time you purchase from a participating online merchant, a percent of your sale is donated by the merchant to iGive for Okiciyap.  

The donations will also grow as more people join, and for the next 5 days, every new member will generate an extra $5.00 donation. Twenty new members will add $100.00 to the Okiciyap account.

This offer, however is limited by the calendar; it is only in effect until NOVEMBER 12th. You must use the special link to join, and after joining, use the button to make your first purchase. After that, the button will just show up when you shop. The $5.00 donation is a big deal, like spending $250 at the online store.

There are over 1350 participating retailers. If you shop on line, it is very likely that you already buy from some of them. The amount of the donation varies, but is usually in the 2% range.  

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I give the following testimonial: The iGive button, which looks like a small seed, will show up when you go to an on-line retailer to make a purchase. Sometimes you must click to confirm you are a member but mostly it is totally automatic.

You will get emails confirming a donation has been made and sometimes you'll get summary emails. That is it. No spam or ads. No complicated process.

So, please, use the link and go sign up. If iGive was anything but easy, gentle and good, I wouldn't ask. It seems invisible. It feels good. Money goes to feed the hungry who count on the Okiciyap Pantry on the Cheyenne River Reservation. It only takes a few minutes to sign up. The first time you use it, Okiciyap will get an extra $5.00 if you register in the next five days. And then, think of the long term benefit that you are helping to create whenever you shop online. A trickle will become a stream for Isabel. Thank you for reading, and double thank you for joining.
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DONATE
by credit card
Okiciyap is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization

Donate by Check:
Okiciyap
PO Box 172
Isabel, SD 57633

It's time to ramp up the fundraising for our reservations as we go into the harsh winter season. This diary is to kick-off this effort featuring Okiciyap, (Lakota for "we help) a food pantry organized and run by American Indians on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. The Daily Kos community has been supporting Okiciyap for several years now, thanks to betson08 and her reporting.

This past spring, the DK Quilt Guild started off this year's effort with a very successful auction of one of their beautiful quilts. I've taken design elements from that quilt and made them into the header and footer graphics for the Okiciyap fundraising diaries going forward. This past August, betson08 and I had the wonderful privilege of flying to the Okiciyap Wacipi (Powwow) in Isabel, South Dakota to present the DK Quilt Guild's quilt to them along with a plaque of all the Daily Kos donor names. We presented another plaque which stated that the Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap group had raised over $11,000 for the pantry from the quilt auction.

The Daily Kos community rallied again this year with a Back-to-School supplies drive for the pantry to distribute. Photos of that effort can be seen here, which is also the link just above. Thanks to all who wrote diaries and donated supplies!

An early fierce blizzard hit the northern reservations last month. Tribal officials declared states of emergency as three feet of snow were dumped and made harsher with record winds. Thousands of cattle died. These blizzards are common up north and this recent one is an important reminder that we need to get the food pantry stocked with food. So please, once again, will you help us with our Daily Kos community effort? You can help by donating money, sharing this diary link by email with your network, posting this diary link on your wall at facebook while asking your friends to share and tweeting using the Twitter icon just under the headline above.

Okiciyap is one of a very few 501(c)(3)s I regularly contribute large donations to each year so I'd like to celebrate this kick-off diary with a $500 donation to start this Winter Season's Fundraising. (Please note I paid the processing fee so Okiciyap would get the entire $500 and I'm sure they'll remove the school supplies designation soon, don't worry, it all goes to the same place.)

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Please join me in whatever amount you can donate. PLEASE REMEMBER, SMALL AMOUNTS ADD UP and are easier to give. So please encourage your networks to donate any amount, especially amounts like 10 or 20 dollars. That's not much to ask of all your friends. And if you can only recommend and share the diary that's valuable, too!

Please watch for future diaries in this season's series and help us promote them. Your recommends of each diary truly help. We plan to do one every one or two weeks. Be sure to follow the Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap group. Please tell us in the comments how you're helping. Taking the time to recommend and share is something good to report.

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Mission: To protect the sacred land & water from the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hosted by  Ponca Tribal Families, Brave Heart Society, Ociti Sakowin Tribes, Cowboy and Indian Alliance, and  Bold Nebraska - Open to the Public.

Friday, November 8 at 2:00pm - Monday, November 11 at 8:00am (4 days)

For any questions, contact Faith Spotted Eagle at eagletrax@hotmail.com or (605) 481-0416.

Descendants of the Ponca Tribe will host a Spiritual Camp in Nebraska from Nov. 8-11, to draw the line against the Keystone XL pipeline's potential destruction and disrespect to the sacred sites along the Trail of Tears of the Ponca Nation.

REGISTER HERE: http://boldnebraska.org/...     The exact location will be provided by email to those who complete the registration form:

PONCA TRAIL OF TEARS SPIRITUAL CAMP
November 8-11, Neligh, Nebraska

FRIDAY, NOV. 8
2:00 p.m. — Opening Fire, setting up tipi, opening prayer songs.

SATURDAY, NOV. 9
12:00 p.m. — Communal meal.
1:00 p.m. — Welcome visitors, tribes, ranchers. Share stories of the land all afternoon. Build sweat lodge.
EVENING: Sweat Lodge

SUNDAY, NOV. 10
12:00 p.m. — Communal meal.
AFTERNOON: Speakers to include spiritual leaders, tribal leaders, ranchers & allies. Prayer Ceremony for Mother Earth.
EVENING: Communal meal.

MONDAY, NOV. 11
SUNRISE: Close of fire, sending prayers to Mother Earth for protection of the land from the tarsands, Keystone XL and destruction.

 More information also available at http://ProtectTheSacred.org/.

Visitors are welcome to camp overnight at the spiritual camp, on land near Neligh, Nebraska on the KXL pipeline route. (Many thanks to Art and Helen Tanderup for graciously offering their land for the camp.) There are also nearby accommodations that include the Delux Motel (402-887-4628) and West Hill View Motel (402-887-4186), and additional options in Norfolk, NE about 40 miles away.

If you're unable to join us this time, other Spiritual Camps will rise up in November, December & possibly January, hosted by the Sicangu (Rosebud); Ihanktonwan (Yankton); and Minneconju (Cheyenne River).

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Cathy Abramson, National Indian Health Board Chairperson
National Indian Health Board
Chairperson Cathy Abramson
National Public Radio began its Wednesday coverage of the impact of the federal budget sequester on mental health programs for American Indians with:
Native American tribes gave up millions of acres to the federal government in the 19th century in exchange for promises of funded health care, education and housing. But time and again, those funds have been cut.
That first sentence is a rather generous assessment of the acquisition-of-America-at-gunpoint that began more than a century before the United States was a gleam in the Founders' eyes and continued right up through the 1970s when reservation termination policy was finally ended in the first term of Richard Nixon. But NPR reporter Laurel G. Morales went on to point to one of the effects of the sequester that has lopped 5 percent off mental health programs, including suicide prevention programs:
Because of the reduction, the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., will not be able to hire two additional mental health service providers, says Cathy Abramson [a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe and] chairwoman of the National Indian Health Board. And that could have devastating effects.

"Since the beginning of the year, there have been 100 suicide attempts in 110 days on Pine Ridge," Abramson said at a Senate committee hearing in Washington last spring. "We can't take any more cuts. We just can't."

These budget cuts abrogate the federal government's trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized tribes. The cuts aren't just a nuisance. They endanger lives. The suicide rate for Indians is four times the national average. Teenagers are disproportionately represented in that horrific statistic. The danger doesn't just come from cuts in suicide prevention programs, however, but across the board. For example, programs for diabetes, which is a scourge on many reservations, have also been cut.

Former Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, who has long been a white ally of American Indians, wrote last July about the unfairness of the sequester cuts to the tribes.

But can't an argument be made that programs for Indians should suffer the same sequester pain as programs for other Americans? Yes, if the spirit of treaty obligations is ignored, something the government has been brilliant at over a century and a half.

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About Okiciyap

Okiciyap is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

It is a food pantry and youth program on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
Serving the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations.

A Community Organization working to improve life on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

Through collaborative partnerships with families, community, and agency resources, Okiciyap provides a continuum of supportive human services based on an individualized comprehensive assessment of family strengths and needs.

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Also; some new, children's (and adult's) clothing, would be nice.

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The American Indian College Fund's mission is to raise scholarship funds for American Indian students at qualified tribal colleges and universities and to generate broad awareness of those institutions and the Fund itself. The Fund provides scholarships to approximately 3,500 students annually.

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Being from New Jersey; until I came to Dkos, I knew very little about what's going on with Native American People nowadays.

I know about history. But that is all. So I did some research and learned a lot.

I tried to cover all the needs of the Lakota People in this diary (and all Native Americans), issues that my research showed needed addressing. This info is also for anyone who needs help.

Natural Insect Repellent Plants And Pesticides

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Everglades National Park

7 Generations for Native Americans in Maine and New Hampshire

If you visit New Hampshire's White Mountains be sure to stop in at
Sister Crows Native American Shop Webpage
(Facebook)
Contact/Address:
Sister Crow's Native American Shop 2627 White Mountain Highway North Conway, NH 03860
phone (603) 356-2444
I have no interests in this business, Sister Crow, is just a nice lady and besides all the beautiful Native American merchandise, she also has, the freshest, best, all natural incense, and herbs, anywhere.
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Earlier this year, the Daily Kos Quilt Guild planned a quilt auction to benefit a worthy cause. They rallied together and produced a stunning quilt. Each block of this quilt was made by a different member. For the auction proceeds, the Guild chose a food bank and community building 501c3 on the Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota. Okiciyap (Lakota for "We Help") has been a long time favored project of many here at Daily Kos. The founder, Georgia Little Shield, was introduced to us by betson08 (Betsy) way back in 2007 by way of a women's shelter Georgia felt was needed on the Standing Rock reservation. In fact, Georgia traveled to NN08 in Austin to be on a panel organized by AndyT and I met her there. She's a woman who is tough as hell and had quite a life of service to her people. Sadly, she died unexpectedly last year. But her remarkable family has carried on her dream of feeding the people on her reservation.

The auction, by way of asking bidders to donate their bid, raised over $11,000 for the food bank this spring. I was part of the winning bid team of joanbrooker, belinda ridgewood, Meteor Blades and Shockwave. If we won the quilt we wanted to give it to Okiciyap. Rather than mailing it I volunteered to personally deliver it. The perfect date would be at their August 17th 2nd Annual Wacipi (powwow) which would be held in honor of Georgia Little Shield. betson08 and mollyd wanted to come with me, however both realized they couldn't. mollyd had family responsibilities to perform and betson08 was nervous about her expenses due to the sequester. mollyd gave a generous amount to Betsy so she could go. Betsy, of all people, deserves to be there. She has supported Georgia's endeavors by donating them website help and blogging about them to raise money.

Betsy and I connected in Rapid City, S.D. She flew in from New York and I from San Francisco. I rented a car and drove three hours to the rez.

Below is my photo diary of the food pantry visit and wacipi. You can click on any photo and see a larger version in a different window. My entire 300+ photo album is here. And Betsy's album is here.

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I offered to host a diary for the Okiciyap School Supplies drive and it got me thinking about my time in school. I was lucky to grow up in a community with well-funded schools. It was a time in suburban California before chronic budget shortfalls and the crippling of the state budget process brought about by the passage of Prop 13 in 1978. I never sat in an overcrowded classroom.

We went on field trips throughout the school year to many types of places, but my favorites were trips to dig for fossils, explore tide pools or (my most favorite) explore the Huntington Library in San Marino. And field trips were paid for from the school budget so there were no PTA fundraisers needed for students to enjoy school activities, including the performing arts and music programs.

Today fewer kids in America have what they need to succeed in school. And some of the children on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota served by Okiciyap have gone without school supplies and other necessities.

As many dKos readers know, Okiciyap is a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation supported by this community.  This year we are continuing with a school supplies drive, which provided school supplies for 50 middle and high school students and 90 K-6 students in Isabel and the surrounding communities.

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Kossacks have already sent Okiciyap a lot of supplies, but we still need more, particularly 3 and 5 subject notebooks, scissors, pens and pencils, and crayons (see the list below).

The pantry receives regular shipments of food from Feeding South Dakota, and some food and but mostly other items such as shampoo, soap, and toothpaste, from National Relief Charities. On the third Friday and Saturday of each month they have "pantry day," when people can come and pick up the food they need. People in need of emergency food supplies can also call the pantry and the volunteers will open it for them. It has received so many donations that the pantry had to build a storage room!

Give yourselves a round of applause! This all got started because of Georgia Little Shield's determination and the Daily Kos community's generosity.

Below is a list of supplies needed and an update on what has been pledged. In addition to supplies, this community has already donated more than $250 to help them fill in any donations gaps. You can add to this total here:
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As you may know, Okiciyap is a food pantry on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation supported by this community.  This year we are continuing with a school supplies drive for 50 middle and high school students and 90 K-6 students in Isabel and the surrounding communities.

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Kossacks have already sent Okiciyap a lot of supplies, but we still need more, particularly 3 and 5 subject notebooks, scissors, pens and pencils, and crayons (see the list below).

The pantry is a success! It receives regular shipments of food from Feeding South Dakota, and some food but mostly items such as shampoo, soap, and toothpaste from National Relief Charities. On the third Friday and Saturday of each month they have "pantry day," when they open up for people to pick up the food they need. Those in need of emergency food supplies can also call the pantry and the volunteers will open it for them.

This all got started because of Georgia Little Shield's determination and this community's generosity. In case you're not familiar with the project, Georgia died suddenly last year, but her family has taken up her cause and helped the pantry project to flourish.

Below is a list of supplies needed and an update on what has been pledged. In addition to supplies, this community has already donated $250 to help them fill in any donations gaps. You can add to this total here: Donate

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