April - Magáksicaagli Wí -
Moon When Ducks Come Back
Photo by: D. Brantley
The season of spring, Wetú , is a time of renewal and growth. Living in the tradition of our grandfathers and grandmothers, we would have broken winter camp and prepared to resume hunting and gathering. Our children would have enjoyed playing outdoors and learning from their elders - repairing tipis, creating weapons, preserving berries, roots and bison
all the while honoring our Creator's provision for us.
Today it is very different. The land we once called home is no more.
We can’t even hunt on our own land for food.
The water is too polluted with chemicals running off mines
in the Sacred Black Hills. The trees are few and far between.
We welcome spring yet grieve because looking over the physical and cultural landscape we are reminded of how much we have been through as a people
and our struggle today…
New Hope Native American Mission is here to provide hope with
the basics of food, clothing, and a relationship with the Living God.
As a Lakota-founded and led non-profit, 501c3 organization,
we bring hope to the Lakota of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation
in South Dakota who struggle to survive in the poorest county in the United States.
Double your Donation Continues!
Make it possible for us to fully utilize the New Hope Center
as soon as the ground thaws!
The New Hope Center is the building centrally located in the photo above
in the heart of the community of Cherry Creek
on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota!
A very generous donor will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 enabling the people of Cheyenne River reservation
to benefit from the New Hope Center in these ways:
- offer fun, healthy activities for the youth in a safe, warm place off the streets
- food distribution site for monthly "Totes of Hope"supplemental food program
- an emergency shelter in times of crisis
- an art center for elders to teach native crafts
- an education center for tutoring and skills training
- a base of operations for Missions of Hope
Mail a check to:
New Hope Native American Mission
2401 Homestead Street
Rapid City, SD 57703
Click picture below to learn more about our vision for the New Hope Center
Photo by: D. Brantley
Keep up with how we are fulfilling our mission to provide the basic needs of food, clothing and a relationship with the Living God
by clicking on any of the links below:
New Hope is Rising
A filmstrip sharing about the Southwest Baptist University
Spring Break Mission of Hope 2014.
Thank you, SBU Team, for being "living sacrifices" - building relationships in the community of Cherry Creek!
Thank you to team members who shared photos.
Photo credits are indicated by initials in the picture description.
D & D Brantley (DB), H Fienhage (HF), D & L Sewell (DLS)
Reading our most recent editions of our newsletter New Hope News: