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Submitted on 2009/01/28 at 12:30pm
an email I fired off this morning to the editor of our local paper. Thankfully I have a great rapport with her. She has interviewed me before regarding homebirth and midwifery. Let me know if there is anything I missed that I should pass along to her!
Here are links regarding the situation I told you about yesterday:
The last is a pdf of a needs list for one village in particular.
There is also a blog site set up by folks helping get the word out. I have of
course, started contributing there.
Okay so here is the info you’ll need from me.
I am starting a drive for funds and goods to send to the people of Emmonak and villages like it in rural Alaska. Due to a very bad fishing season, the current economic crisis, lack of foresight by government officials at ALL levels and skyrocketing fuel costs (as high as $9-11 for a gallon of fuel oil!) people are having to choose between freezing or starving. Monetary donations can be sent to me and made out to: Alaska Federation of Natives/Village Relief Fund I’ll in turn send the donations in one fell swoop to Gladys Charles in Anchorage at the Alaska Federation of Natives. I’ll also be taking donations at Back to Basics. Goods donations can be made one of two ways: people can get the largest size flat rate postal box at the post office and fill it to capacity (there is no weight limit) with items on the needs list.
I ask that folks taking that route let me know that they sent a package and an approximate weight so that we can have a grand total of pounds of goods sent as well as funds at the drive end.
The second method of helping is by going to:
and choosing items to be shipped. For only $100 Span Alaska can send freight to these villages. The $100 INCLUDES the freight charge! Again, I ask that folks let me know so a grand total can be had at the end of everything.
I really think that despite the naysayers like the sort of the pineandlakes blog, and (name removed) and such, that our little town can really effect change and help another little town in great need.
On another note, I think it’s vital to address need in our area, too, so
whatever write up you come up with could you mention making a donation to the local food shelves, or donations of clothing to Share n Care?
Let me know if there is anything else you need, Kelly! Thanks for your help!
Submitted on 2009/01/26 at 7:13pm
Hey, y’all. I’ve been wandering all over the Internet today. It’s led me into a great number of interesting places. I don’t know what to do with all the information I am collecting.
For example, “Indian Country Today” at
http://www.indiancountrytoday.com has a number of articles in the business section. I found this EXTREMELY interesting article linked at
It explains that the philosophy of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota is, when their needs are met, they help others. http://www.ccsmdc.org/
Their donations rose from $23m in 2000-2003 to more than $108.5m by the end of 2007. And in 2008, the community donated more than $40 million to other tribes, communities and organizations!
The FAQs for “charitable giving” are at
What do we do with this information, if anything?
Elsie – Sorry I didn’t notice this when you e-mailed me about a link not posting