Most of you are aware of the dire situation on Pine Ridge Reservation and have seen the photos and read the news reports. In view of the situation there, we are working with the Tribal Emergency Management Services to purchase food and water for them to distribute. Right now, much distribution is being done by horseback and boat. In addition to the flooding, a water main was compromised and 8000 people are reported to be without water. All people on the Reservation are being advised to boil water, if they have any coming into their house.
Photo: Kristina Barker for The New York Times : https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/us/midwest-flooding-pine-ridge.html
One Spirit is desperately in need of several people who can help with communications, i.e. newsletters, social media, website, publicity material, graphic design, administrative (office) duties, etc.
We also need someone who can work closely with the Allen Youth Center to create a website that will serve both the Center and the Community. It is our hope that this person can help to train a couple of young people to help maintain the website.
Director, One Spirit
We seem to be living in an era fraught with many emergencies.
Some are more serious than others, some are more real than others and, depending on one’s point of view, pose potential catastrophes. From political upheaval and polarization to international affairs to climate issues that may render everything else moot, and on and on: if you are not concerned, you are not paying attention.
On the Pine Ridge Reservation in the heart of a brutal winter, with some food aid cut off owing to governmental issues, shortages of fuel for heat, massive unemployment and hopelessness, drug and alcohol problems, the emergencies closest to home are real, dangerous, and immediate.
Winter is far from over in South Dakota and there are many more families asking for firewood to stay warm. The temperature is up to 1* as of this writing.