Koakuma

Koakuma
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Not sure what to put here. I'm not much of a joiner, but this might be cool. I see art all the time as I wander the streets. You might not think it's art, but you're also not the one with the camera and this swank blog.

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Salon.com
NOVEMBER 13, 2008 9:12AM

Can you spare some warm?

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This is not Street Art, but it is important.

I am concerned about what is happening right now at Pine Ridge after the blizzard and have been watching the blog of the relief organization I donate to closely.  I'm going to scrape together another fifty dollars when I get paid. They have only raised three thousand and that can't go very far.  According to the blog, it has already been spent on wood and gasoline to haul the wood into the rez.

"The Pine Ridge Reservation is the second largest reservation in the country, spanning 3,500 square miles. With a population of more than 60,000, it remains one of the poorest areas in the Western Hemisphere where 87% of the residents are unemployed and 90% live below the federal poverty level."

Donations to One Spirit are tax deductable and I always get a letter from them for the IRS.  I have been sending One Spirit money to buy heaters for elders every winter for five years now.   The heaters help cut costs by hundreds in savings, but are not much use with all the electric still out now.

Donate to One Spirit to help.

I also found this letter on the blog today and it is very sad:

Hi Everyone,

You have all been following the events happening at PRR. The following is a e-mail I sent to a company, I approached for desperately needed assistance this past week.


"Dear Ms. Butler,

My name is Edward Chandler and I stood before you this week looking for a bit of Corporate Charity, in the form of blankets, to warm the people of the Lakota Sioux Tribe at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Earlier in the week, this area was hit with a extremely damaging blizzard, creating much havoc. The Lakota Sioux are accustomed to severe winters, but this particular storm had wind exceeding 70 miles an hour and brought down over 600 electrical poles. Areas at Pine Ridge are still without electricity as I write this e-mail.

While I left the foyer of the Northwest Woolen Mills, I felt a quiet rejection at failing in my mission. I had failed the Lakota Sioux and I had failed One Spirit, the organization I volunteer for. My mission was to see the opportunity for the Northwest Woolen Mills to receive thousands of dollars worth of advertizing in every Native American newspaper in North America. But I failed to get that point across, because I had to grovel in the foyer of your business. I wasn't even extended the courtesy of being taken to a meeting room to plead my cause. I didn't want, nor did I expect hundreds of blankets. If I had been offered 50 blankets, I'll have been elated. One Spirit had expended their emergency funding on fuel, because of this storm and even though, we had raised over $3,000.00 in a emergency plea, that too was expended, in supplying emergency aide to the reservation people.

I live in Blackstone less than a mile from Northwest Woolen Mills and have read in the Woonsocket Call, where Northwest Woolen Mills has donated thousands of blankets to victims in foreign countries over the years. I had hoped that you would have extended some of that same corporate courtesy to Native American's, freezing to death, right here in South Dakota. but alas.

I lost in my bid for assistance, but Northwest Woolen Mills lost on a opportunity to be brought to the attention of every single Native American Tribe in North America.

I ask of you, the next time someone approach's you and asks about blankets, you at least take the person to a meeting room, to ask the nature of their business. Please don't treat that person like a homeless vagrant as I felt I was.

Cordially Yours,

Edward Broken Feather Chandler
Mohawk Elder

If you wish to send this corporation an e-mail regarding your feelings, their web site is: http://www.northwestwoolen.com/ Please keep your comments cordial and in due regard to their situation, in this economic turmoil.

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I know it is probably hard to think about this sort of thing. Times are hard all over and I know no one owes anything to anyone, but these folks are the poorest of our poor.
This letter could have been written one hundred years ago. Blankets! A Buffy St Maries song "...and the blankets were those Uncle Sam had collected from smallpox diseased dying soldiers that day..."
I expect huge changes in these genocidal policies under Obama .It is my greatest wish.
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Thanks for sharing this information. I just made a donation to One Spirit.
I have ordered from One Spirit before but did not realize the situation behind the organization. I'm going to alert the knitters! Off to find contact info to send knitted items. Thanks.
I can spare some warm.

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Koakuma,
I just sent an well-crafted and respectful email to the woolen mill's president from my university email. I will let you know if I get a reply.

Huge response over at my post The Hearts of Children. My best post, I believe and I owe it to you for inspiring it! Fabulous outpouring of generosity and compassion!
Thank you for this. I will be donating. You are persistent and the story so compelling...thank you for all your time. Rated.
I was here earlier, had trouble donating, and then realized that I never commented or rated. I'm back to do that. I had trouble with PayPal which now seems to be fixed and I was able to donate. Thank you, Koakuma, for helping to bring this issue to everyone's attention.
Urgent email sent today to company head (with much guilt attached) Also this article sent to others.