Directly to Standing Rock
$8,405 of $10k goal
During my last visit to Standing Rock in September I noticed there were expenses that arose suddenly. The Camp school was just starting to take shape, the Medics were running low on basic supplies and everyone was worried about having enough firewood for the winter.Today, there are many funds set up to help the various organizations at Standing Rock. You don't have to donate to me. But I want to provide a boots-on-the -ground approach to allocating your donation. During this trip, if I see a need at Camp I want to be able to help.
At this time Oceti Sakowin Camp is the 5th largest city in North Dakota. And like any city the Camp's infrustructure needs maintanence and improvement. Your donation will go toward the greatest need. And as donations reach the goal, your individual donation will have even greater impact.A small portion of the overall goal will be used to defray my travel expenses, gas, meals and motel. I don't want to be a burden on the existing Camp resources so I will also use a part of the donations to buy food. The remainder will go toward the immediate needs of the Camp and the Protectors.
Standing Rock, the Water Protectors and those who are there in Solidarity hold a special place in my heart. The Unity, Love and Understanding I felt in Camp was something I had never before experienced. The power of the People and their determination deserve our respect, admiration and support.I thank you for for reading this far and I am supremely grateful if you've decided to donate. I promise to do regular updates on how your funds are being spent.
#StandingRock and #NoDAPL are not just about Standing Rock and Native People. Water is Life. Clean water should be the right of every person on this planet.
You can't drink oil.
Photos by Tom.
We made donations to the Medic and Healer Council ($2000) and the Oceti Sakowin Camp fund ($1000). Material (0 degree and -35 degree sleeping bags, winter gloves, winter underwear, tent stakes, batteries, axe, propane, firewood, fire starters, fire extinguishers) and Cash donations (to camp kitchens and individuals for gas or travel) - $940. Hotels - $625. Gas - $430. And Meals, Groceries and food donations - $606.
The remaining $2,100 will go to the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand River Area. The Club serves 2,000 children from the Standing Rock reservation and the surrounding community. Their after-school and vacation programs emphasize youth leadership, tutoring, mentoring and diabetes prevention.
The Boys and Girls club also has a Go Fund Me campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/HelpTheB-GClub
Thank you so much for your contributions to Standing Rock. Your generosity is forever appreciated! Tom
I'm preparing to head home but weather conditions make leaving impossible at the moment. Freezing temperatures, snow with 30-50 mph gusts and the roads in all directions are closed. Once the weather breaks (June?) I'll give it a go.
As for our Go Fund Me campaign, I plan to give the balance remaining to the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. After everyone goes home, they will still be here. This is their land, #NoDAPL was originally their battle and struggle is a part of daily life. With a population of less than 9000, an unemployment rate of 70% and a majority living under the poverty line, they deserve our help.
While I'm still here I hope to identify the best way to help. I'll let you know what I've found.
My Brothers and Sisters, I will never be able to thank you enough. When I started this campaign my expectations were few. But your response and generosity have been overwhelming! You've helped and will help in tangible ways. For that I am forever grateful! Love, Peace, Unity and Solidarity from everyone here, especially Me, at Standing Rock! AHO!
Thank you, Tom. Namaste
Very moved by your posts, your amazing images, your voice and actions. Standing Rock protest is a great inspiration for times to come. Joining together to resist assaults on Mother Earth. Deep bow.
Aloha Tom! Mahalo for doing what is pono. (In the Hawaiian thought, being pono means being in perfect alignment and balance with all things in life. It means one has the perfect relationship with the creative energy of the universe, however you might describe that energy: God, Goddess, prana, mana, chi - whatever that appellation is for you. Your every thought word and deed are in complete harmony with that divine energy. Pono means you are in complete harmony and alignment with your custodial relationship with the earth. That you operate on the earthly plane as one who is the caretaker of the land during your lifetime. That your stewardship of the land leaves it as good or better than you found it so that succeeding generations can enjoy the resources that were gifted to you in your lifetime and during your stewardship. )