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Lakota Elders

From: Branwyn
Sent on: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:12 PM
Today was the day I was going to be leaving for the Sioux Nation, but I have been unable to make contact with them to verify what -- if anything -- they need from us. I've tried the phone number listed on the Tribe's official website (no answer and no message machine). I've tried e-mailing members of the Tribal council and haven't yet received a reply.

My guess is that they've been so inundated with offers of help that their staff and infrastructure have been overwhelmed.

After having fallen (to my acute embarrassment) for the scam that was being perpetrated to profit from this disaster, I am loath to go driving up there without a clear understanding of whether or not they even want coats and blankets, etc. from us. I had hoped to get a street address, at least, so I could gather up what has been collected and ground ship it via UPS up to the Nation. But I don't have that. And I don't want to send it to a P.O. box because who knows what kind of ability they have to get our boxes from the post office to the recipients. My feeling is that if I can't get a street address for the Nation headquarters office so I can have it shipped direct via UPS, I shouldn't send at all.

So, if you've collected coats, etc., I guess the best thing is to give them to a local non-profit. I spoke with the Administrative Office, and the Marion House would gladly accept donations of clean used coats, jackets, blankets, etc. for distribution FREE OF CHARGE to Colorado Springs' cold homeless people. If you have coats, etc. to donate, you can take them to the Marion House, 14 West Bijou Street to the loading dock on the west side of the building. They accept donations from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you'd like to make a cash donation to the Sioux, here's information about a successful experience one of our members had. (I think I forwarded her e-mail earlier, but just in case, I'm pasting it here.)
"I donated via this link on the MSNBC website- http://www.razoo.com/story/Cheyenne-River-Sioux-Tribe-Storm-Relief-Emergency-Assistance By the way, their original goal was to raise $35,000 by the end of the month. After Keith Olbermann reported on the disaster on his broadcast Tuesday, over $244,000 has been donated!!"

Again, please accept my apologies for falling for the earlier scam, and brightest blessings on all of you who have collected coats, etc.! I repeat my promise: I will never, ever forward a plea like the one I did without first investigating it for myself. That's a rule I generally follow, but didn't in this case because the info came from a trusted source. (I still trust the source; she had also received it from someone she trusted.) But I should know better by now -- and I promise I've learned my lesson. No appeals without first verifying the info myself firsthand.

Branwyn

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