July 2014
Canpásapa Wi - Moon When the Chokecherries Are Ripe

                                         Photo credit: L Sappington

The  summer is upon us, Blokétu, a time of renewed growth.  
 Living in the tradition of our grandfathers and grandmothers, we would have followed the buffalo - hunting and gathering. Each member of our family would contribute to camp life.  The children would learn from their elders the skills needed to provide for one another.  The people would gather to hold important ceremonies -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…
                                            Photo credit: E Hornbostel        

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.
                                                                                                  Photo credit: L Sappington

Summer of Hope 2014

The Gardens of Hope for 2014 have been planted 
and are growing!  

Thanks to our generous sponsors and an awesome Mission of Hope team from Southwest Baptist University,  3 community gardens and 18 individual family gardens have been planted.  Another awesome Mission of Hope team from Cathedral of Holiness Missionary Baptist Church has helped us weed the community garden in Cherry Creek which will help the plants thrive!  The families in the communities of Bridger, Cherry Creek and Takini on the Cheyenne River reservation are looking forward to many meals from the gardens.   

These gardens are so important!  The fresh produce families harvest supplements their monthly food budget and improves the nutritional quality of their diets.  When children are home from school in the summer, it is even more difficult for parents to provide for their food needs.  We can still use help in upgrading and maintaining the irrigation system for the community garden in Cherry Creek.  This garden is alongside the Cheyenne River which we access to irrigate the plants. 

As the Gardens of Hope have grown over the past couple of years, several of the community members have come alongside us in working in the garden including irrigating, weeding, harvesting. We look forward to hosting Mission of Hope teams this summer to come alongside community members to help them prepare for a bountiful harvest! 

We are grateful to report the gardens are growing.  The community garden in Cherry Creek survived a hailstorm early on.  We have had plenty of rain so far which helps the plants be well-established.  We have the irrigation system in place to continue to irrigate throughout the summer!

Missions of Hope 2014

A filmstrip sharing about the Missions of Hope 
and garden update as of July 4, 2014.  

Thank you, SBU and Cathedral of Holiness Teams, for being "living sacrifices" - building relationships in the community of Cherry Creek 
and helping with the gardens!  

Thank you to team members who shared photos. 
Photo credits are indicated by initials in the picture description.
 E Hornbostel (EH), L Sappington (LS),  and
Anthony Hanson (AH)

Follow how the Gardens of Hope grow this summer by reading our newsletters:

Published: July 16, 2014

Published: July 4, 2014

Published: June 20, 2014
New Hope Center Update

We are grateful to the Southwest Baptist University team who sponsored and installed a volleyball court at the New Hope Center during their recent Mission of Hope!  The community members are enjoying this opportunity for recreation and we look forward to many fun matches to come! (See filmstrip above)

 Photo credit: E Hornbostel

We  continue to work on preparing the New Hope Center to open fully.  We are grateful for the group who is stepping forward from Iowa to help us with plumbing/ hooking onto the community sewer system and storage as well as the group from Colorado who is coming to help paint the exterior of the building.  

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!

The New Hope Center will benefit the people of 
Cheyenne River reservation 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

Click picture below to learn more about our vision for the New Hope Center

                                          Photo by: D. Brantley

Mail a check to:
New Hope Native American Mission
2401 Homestead Street
Rapid City, SD 57703

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:

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