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PROJECT SOUTH DAKOTA
The state of South Dakota includes some of the poorest Native American Reservations in the United States, in
particular those of Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River. In fact, in November 2011, the US Census bureau
filed a breakdown of the poverty rate in every US county as recorded in 2010 and this report showed that the top
three poorest counties in America are on these very reservations.
These areas account for approximately 130,000 to 140,000 people with many children and elders living under
extreme conditions, including severe poverty and a lack of the most basic living necessities. Tribal councils are
elected to bear the responsibility of ensuring the welfare of the people, but in these sectors of South Dakota, the
councils are currently not meeting their obligations, thus leaving the inhabitants of these reservations exposed
not only to the deadly cold winters that strike this region, but also to the induced poverty and suffering of
In 2003, the Native American Indian Housing Council estimated that approximately 40 % of on-reservation
housing was inadequate, and in 2004 the journal Indian Country Today reported that “there are 90 000 homeless
or under-housed families … 30% of Indian housing is overcrowded and less than 50% of it is connected to a
pubic sewer.” Of course in the years since these reports some progress has been made but there are still
thousands of families that do not have housing or heating that allows them to get through the rugged climatic
conditions of a South Dakota winter.
In addition to the poverty level, the winter months are responsible for many deaths as a result of the insane drop
in temperature. It can drop to 60 below zero, and due to the families’ inadequate resources to buy propane for
heating and a lack of warm clothing, many residents freeze to death, mostly small children and the elderly. They
will do anything to create heat, such as burning tires, making wood stoves, burning anything that can be found.
As a result, many lives are lost through house fires. Other deaths result from carbon monoxide poisoning brought
on by sitting in cars with the motor running and heat on, just to try to keep warm. Many more deaths also occur
as a result of the long distances children and others have to walk in search of warmth.
Homelessness in these areas is far beyond any acceptable standard. Too many suffer in this region in which
conditions are at extremes. There is now a desperate need for housing and at this point we are trying to
accommodate with the best that is available, which is to recuperate downgraded trailer homes that are not in the
best condition but are still livable, until we are able to obtain better ones. This situation nevertheless leaves
thousands of lives at stake during the harsh winter months and is becoming more common as time progresses. It
is vitally important to cap this situation before it gets worse.
Moreover, there is an immediate need of food on the reservation, especially foods with proper nutritional values,
since most food products that are consumed are basically starches. As a result, diabetes is high in the Native
American population. This food crisis is yet another result of the high unemployment level, the underdeveloped
nature of these territories and the unwillingness of the tribal council involved to act responsibly and do
something about it. During the summer those who can get seeds, plant their gardens and do the best that they can
to survive and hope for food donations.
Poor educational facilities are a by-product of financially poor areas, and only add to the already existing
problems because poor education produces a community that lacks self confidence because of the inability to
either read or write properly. Another consequence is that many are unfamiliar with what is happening in the
outside world. Subsequently, they are unable to source jobs outside of the reservations. In addition, the parents
also have great difficulty teaching their children.
It is a world in which not even hope can easily live.
And yet – this is the 21st century and learning should be at the top of our priority list for progress to become a
reality. We will never know where the next Einstein will come from and by not making an effort to change this
situation we may even be depriving ourselves of a better future, in time. Education is one of the most active
ingredients to living in peace and harmony and without it, everything else becomes a struggle. Education creates
the balance necessary for a peaceful world.
Despite the lack of high-level education, the people on these reservations are among the brightest and most
creative anywhere. Eager to learn, very capable when it comes to finding practical solutions to everyday
problems, natural mechanics and carpenters, gifted craftspersons… these First People deserve every chance to
regain the self-sufficiency they can be proud of and move forward, within their own cultural values, to creating a
bright and promising future for their children.
NO HUMAN BEING, ESPECIALLY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD LIVE THIS WAY,
AND AS AN ACT OF HUMAN KINDNESS, WE SHOULD ALL POOL OUR RESOURCES TOGETHER TO
ASSIST THEM IN IMPROVING THEIR SITUATION.
WHAT IS ALREADY BEING DONE:
I have personally already collected and shipped out to South Dakota over 7000 pounds of winter clothing, beds,
toys, educational materials, furniture, electric heaters, food stuffs and other vital supplies via a Budget Van lines
truck. Another 1000 pounds of clothing was sent with Wanbli Gleska Tokahe in his vehicle on his return to South
Dakota after his visit with me in New York in December 2011. I have already collected another truckload of
supplies that are ready to be shipped.
Moreover, I have managed to raise money to provide over ten (10) families on the reservation with heat over the
past two weeks and will continue pursuing these desperate needs required to save lives. The families that
received propane were sick elders, heart patients, a child who suffers from cancer, and a woman who had been
on dialysis and went home to no heat or electricity, as well as a few other similar cases.
My thirst to help create better living conditions to this Nation within our nation has fueled my determination to
bring this situation in South Dakota to acceptable human standards.
MY PLAN OF ACTION TO ACCOMPLISH MY GOALS
I will be continuing with the clothing and food drive to keep collecting warm clothes and food for the people,
while trying to find funding to purchase a 20-foot trailer in order to be able to continuously transport these vital
supplies at a less expensive cost and shorter delivery time than by paying a moving company. In this way, the
items will get to the people faster, thus rendering this process more efficient. I will also continue to raise
immediate funds to provide heat, e.g. campaigning to and through friends and family and using social
networking such as Facebook to network a driving force which has been proven highly successful over the past
month. In addition, I will continue to sell personal items on Ebay which helps to generate immediate cash for
this cause until better can be done.
I am sourcing funds to accommodate families with alternative forms of heating so that the dependency on
propane can be drastically reduced. Propane is extremely expensive on the reservations, with usurious prices
being applied by the suppliers. The constant struggle to raise funds is wearying.
The first immediate alternative heating source that is safe and clean and more attainable would be Pellet Stoves.
These are very easy to install and are very inexpensive to keep heating homes all winter long, thus saving lives.
Moreover, the money saved will allow the people to be better able to finance the needs of their families. The next
alternative is electricity for the homes, which would be more advantageous because it can also be used for
heating. Then there is the option of solar power which is also an efficient means of providing homes with both
heat and electricity.
With a minimum of 20,000 families having one stove per family at approximately $1050.00 per stove, I will
need approximately $1.2 M to get this accomplished and to save the lives of many children and elders rather than
see them die each year through the winter months. We must remember that the Elders paved the path on which
we walk today, and that the children are the future.
With so many homeless families, the ongoing challenge of locating, purchasing and hauling in trailer homes is
becoming nearly impossible. My goal is to create more obtainable homes. These would be prefabricated houses
which are inexpensive, affordable and durable. My intention is to have a factory built on the reservation to do so,
which will also generate employment for the people themselves and reduce the poverty level as the people will
have the opportunity to earn wages and provide for their families. Eventually they will become less dependent on
charities since they will have an income to provide and will be able to afford a proper education for their
children. This part of the project will also encourage the demand for small businesses within the vicinity of
manufacture and the domino effect will ultimately follow with consistent progress through the reservation.
EDUCATION/CHILDREN & TRADITIONAL CULTURE
Educating children is the first and most beneficial gift we can ever offer to create a society that will breed
Rebuilding the lives of these children on the reservation is one of the most critical parts of this entire project.
When a society lacks education and the opportunity for its own cultural development, progress is halted and a
constant build up of ignorance will prevail, ultimately destroying that society. As I stated before, where our next
Einstein may come from we will never know. But giving the gift of education to these children will surely
increase the possibility of producing the next great scientist! My objective is to strengthen the school system to
stimulate education, knowledge of their own traditional culture as well as that in which they must make their
way, and talent amongst the children. This I have planned to do via cultural and learning centers to be implanted
in various areas of the reservation, giving each willing child – or adult - the opportunity to challenge his/her true
potentials and possibly be granted the blessing of becoming someone who can make a difference to his people
and to the world.
All of my plans and goals for the South Dakota Reservations can only become a success if I have the support of
a Native American who resides on the reservation. In this way, any hesitation from the tribal government can be
dealt with efficiently.
Presently I am working and will continue to work with the many leading forces in all three sectors that I have
mentioned ROSEBUD, PINE RIDGE and CHEYENNE RIVER. The most effective person on my team is
Wanbli Gleska Tokahe (Richard Iyotte). He has been sacrificing his life trying to improve conditions and save
lives on the reservation for many years and is very instrumental and influential throughout South Dakota. He is
also the host of the radio talk show with which I am affiliated, called ROSEBUD REZ (BlogTalkRadio) which
we have been using to reach out to the world in this joint effort. Wanbli is also a musician / performing artist
who uses his talents to raise funds for the benefit of the People. Yet despite his celebrity he lives among his
people simply and as an equal.
I hereby ask of you, my Friends and Family , to hear my call and help me bring to these people the necessities
required to survive in accordance with the basic humane standards of living, and to please assist me in saving
some of these innocent children and frail elders from cold, cruel deaths through the inevitable winter.
Be part of my cause to enhance the way of life for a nation who has suffered due to the progress of our own great
nation. Become a part of my vision to restore and to give back to them the basic ingredients that they need to
survive and move forward in dignity and self-sufficiency.
Hear through my plea the cries of innocent children whose only wish is to have proper healthy meals each day, a
roof over their heads and warmth in their houses and who only aspire to be like any other happy child, with the
gift of an education so that they can better themselves and eventually in turn be of help to their people by
relieving themselves and their loved ones from the inhumane lifestyle that has been engulfing their world for so
Please see with me and work together with me by making available the funding that I need to make
right what has been wrong for too long.
Chairman: Mr. David Anthony
Freddy & Little Massi Calling Corp.
92 82 Springfield Blvd,
Queen Village, NY 11428,
646 294 6623
Contact South Dakota:
(Wanbli Gleska Tokahe)
605 747 2976
+33 637 334 120 (Michelle Bernhard)
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