|The Oglala Commemoration's Annual
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
|This annual school supply drive is one of our community projects created to honor Leonard Peltier's vision of empowering the Oglala People to have an active role in defining the future of their tribe. Both Leonard and the committee believe that all have the potential to rise above their given circumstances and to effectively contribute to the preservation of traditional language and spirituality through education in spite of the historial circumstances which sought to deprive the Oglala of their destiny. Given the right tools, support and resource, many Oglala children are able to transcend the dire economic and social situation of the challenged reservation community. The failure to adequately provide for these children raises the need for individuals to become involved and to help the balance in these children's favor. "It's time to listen to our Youth, to hear how we can help them -- physically, mentally and emotionally"
There is much need , with dropout rates over 70% and Lakota teen suicide rates at 150 % above the norm for the US. The BIA reports that Pine Ridge Schools are in the bottom 10% of school funding by the US Dept. of Education. High Umemployment, illiteracy, alcoholism and drug addiction, farther fuels the vast sense of hopelessness that many of these children experience daily.
It is our vision of empowerment and our belief in the destiny of our youth. Promoting good and healthy life style choices.
Contributions may be mailed, dropped off, or brought to the Oglala Commemoration Event.
Also collecting cash donations and I will pick up supplies to save on postage cost.
1939 Wentzville Pkwy - Ste. 191
Wentzville, MO 63385
Pick ups may be arranged in Tempe& St. Louis Please contact us for arrangements.
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