Native American Community Help
In the early 1800s, our tribe was relocated to the High Desert of Central Oregon. There were two other tribes who were placed here with us. We are now the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The US government sent us here because the early settlers did not want this area. They made their homes in the rich lands that used to be ours. In 1865, we signed a treaty with the war department who now call themselves the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
One of the greatest things in life is change. We had no problem adapting to the High Desert because we knew all too well that our Creator lived here, too. Here in Warm Springs, we have an approximate 15-20 acre community garden where all of our people, including our children and elders, have been planting their own supplementary foods. The garden is a wonderful place to come together each year, watching the miracle of seeds turn into an abundance of healthy edibles.
It's almost late this year in planting some foods. Soon, it will be summer. The man who always cultivated our land retired so the acres can no longer be prepared for our yearly harvests. It requires larger equipment to cultivate the many acres.
Our 3-acre tribal garden and my people would be most appreciative of your help. It would be a blessing to see this labor of love continue on for many years to come, to feed our families.
Donations will provide our people the ability to purchase a used tractor (example as shown in these photos, priced at appx $2900 to $3500), a plow and a much needed 72" cultivator in order to be self-sufficient in caring for a large parcel of land. If we are unable to reach this main goal for the larger pieces of equipment, all donations will go to the community garden for other needed tools and smaller equipment, much of which is very old and well used.
If you prefer to donate by phone, feel free to call me at 1-888-590-1150. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Edmond, the community gardens' caretaker.
On behalf of myself and my people of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, thank you for your consideration.
Enrolled Tribal Member of Warm Springs
My apologies for my late update here. I've been super busy with flute work day to day, with no spare time to do much of anything else except to sleep. Please forgive me.
Once again, I want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has donated to my cause thus far, as your support has been greatly appreciated. If it wasn't for your support, our dream to help our community garden would remain only this.... a dream. However, it looks promising that we might very well meet our goal by next season.
As of the moment, our growing season has come and gone and we've yet to secure enough for the tractor we desperately need for our large garden area. But we will continue to campaign here at GoFundMe until the next season comes around. In the meantime, it is nice to see a smaller garden growing here in Warm Springs.
Again, many thanks to everyone who is supporting our cause. Our gratitude goes well beyond words.
We have set up an opportunity for those who would like to donate to our campaign through the mail. This was prompted by receiving several requests for this alternative method to be available.
If you would prefer to mail in your donation, please remit your check to me and send to:
PO Box 1225
Warm Springs, OR 97761
Once I have received your check, your donation will be immediately deposited into a savings account set up for our tribal gardens, which is overseen by me. I will then post your donation to our GoFundMe Campaign online. Your contribution will be posted as an 'anonymous' entry. If you prefer that your first name be associated with your donation, please let me know by adding a note with your check.
My people here never ask for much, if for anything at all, so this is why our Tribal Gardens Campaign is so important to me. Our children come to mind, first and foremost, who can learn the gifts of growing their own foods for their families and caring for their land.
Once again, I send many humble gratitude to everyone who is supporting us to help my tribe, including those in spirit with your prayers. We are truly grateful. Your support is giving a lot of folks here great hope to be able to be self-sufficient in caring for our tribal gardens when other help is not accessible.
We are truly blessed because of your thoughtfulness and generosity.
I would, again, like to thank all of you who have shown your support for our Community Garden campaign. Our hopes are now leading towards a possibility that our dreams of maintaining our own parcel of land to grow fruits and vegetables may one day come true. It is because of you that we have this newfound hope, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Community classes are being held here on our reservation for those who are new to gardening, to learn the basics of planting foods. Even though time has now passed for spring planting, I will continue on with this campaign in the hopes that we can obtain a tractor and the necessary tools and equipment for future planting seasons.
Some of our experienced gardeners have starter plants growing which are currently being kept at their homes. Some plants are looking pretty good such as their strawberries, peas and potatoes, but other plants are dying because of the limited space some folks have, where they are unable to grow food properly.
My biggest concern in our inability to maintain our parcel of land is for the children here on the Warm Springs Reservation who can benefit by learning about the gifts that nature has to offer. Some of our reservation children are becoming lost, and could surely use guidance in many ways including the experience and excitement of gardening and growing their own foods. Our community garden is one of natures' teachers that will not only benefit our children, but our community at large.
Again, thank you all for your encouragement and support.
As our Community Garden campaign moves forward, I would like to thank those who have taken an interest in our needs. It has been weighing heavy on our hearts not being able to cultivate our 3-acre parcel of land that once flourished with vegetables and fruits every year to feed our families.
The past week, I've been pricing used equipment and have found some useful items that would be of great benefit to our tribe. Used tractors for sale are abundant here in Central Oregon, many of which are in good working order and at prices much less than new.
We have a ways to go yet in raising the needed funds, but I am deeply thankful to all who have donated and still wish to contribute.
From the bottom of my heart, my humble gratitude to all for donating and/or sharing our campaign with others. 100% of the proceeds will be forwarded to Edmond, tribal member and our Community Garden caretaker.