Sara Jumping Eagle , Aug 28th
“We appreciate the continued fundraising efforts as any funds will go directly towards offsetting costs for tribes that need to continue to benefit Lakota families everyday living needs.”
Seems as though now the funds raised to purchase pe sla have undergone yet another metamorphosis-no longer is it about purchasing pe sla, no longer is it about purchasing “other” land that may or may not be for sale-now it is about distributing it among needy families.
Sounds good doesn’t it? -very caring and compassionate- a great love of the people-only I’m beginning to have have a problem with all this ,and why and how this entire campaign has existed in a state of flux and revision almost from day one.
I want to know, and I believe any who donated should as well, who is going to be in charge of distributing this money-what is the criteria-and who is going to be charging a handling fee for their services?
In addition I would like to know how much Banks and Clyde received for their “appearance” at the Vern Traversie rally-how much was raised in total, and how much of it did Traversie actually receive?
Also the question should be asked does this designation of needy families apply to all the nations?- as no single nation has a lock on poverty or needs. Will representatives from other nations have input into the distribution since they were called upon to donate as well?
Judging by the above quote it seems a determination has been made that this is singularly Lakota money. And I would like to know by what process that was arrived at? What metric grants entitlement to one nation over another?
This isn’t Lakota money, it is global money given to address a specific declared need. Money that people gave out of compassion and a genuine sense of commitment.
I can’t recall ever hearing of a fund raising campaign or even a telethon that changed the stated purpose three times. Three times, and we are only days into the official campaign.
I think it requires some sit down answers in view of this instead of minimalist “updates”-and as I said in another blog in response to a comment, this is beginning to sound an awful lot like all those other “projects” that continually called for donations and yet never reached fruition-projects like Yellow Thunder Camp and the “Immersion school”.
Early on I stated that we had contributed as we could and I would encourage others to-I retract that statement and withdraw whatever support I initially offered, and say instead, unless, and until, a clear accounting and answers for the above questions are provided people should refrain.
This all leads me back to my suggestion that an effort be made to designate pe sla as a World Heritage site and avoid all this confusion and talk of singular nation ownership.
Since Chase Iron Eyes is not only an attorney but also the one who has been the most high profile in spearheading this donations campaign I’m confident he would be equally willing and motivated to do so for the heritage dedication – and undoubtedly pro bono in the bargain.