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In this time of economic difficulty, many families cannot afford the utilities they need and the well-being of families, children and elders often depends on our help to make it through these cold winter months...

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kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:17 pm
When severe cold weather hits the reservations, families pull together and try to keep each other warm.

In this time of economic difficulty, many families cannot afford the utilities they need and the well-being of families, children and elders often depends on our help to make it through these cold winter months.
Running Strong provides utility assistance to American Indian families to help them meet their heating and electricity needs by providing funds to help families purchase propane, electricity, firewood and gas.

This is our 13th year offering heat assistance on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Running Strong matches the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s contributions to struggling families dollar-for-dollar.

Every year, we help hundreds of Oglala families living on Pine Ridge to heat their homes.

“It’s important to us that we do as much as we can to assist our friends and neighbors. The emergency heat assistance is a great start, and we’re continuing to look for new ways we can help,” says Julie Garreau, Executive Director of the Cheyenne River Youth Project.

HELP US keep American Indian families warm and safe this winter.


Residents of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation continue to struggle in the aftermath of a ferocious ice storm that left them without power and water for weeks at a time, causing the Tribal President to declare the Reservation a disaster area.

“The silver lining to natural disasters like the ice storm is that they can bring a community together,” Julie Garreau said. “People go above and beyond the call of duty to help one another, and together we prove that we can meet Mother Nature’s challenges and come out stronger for the experience.”

Much remains to be done. HELP US get the people of Cheyenne River back on their feet!

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:18 pm



Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:26 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Kat because you have done so within the last week
Unable to send you a green star for this article. May be you accept a gold star from me instead.Thanks Kat for this post.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:32 pm
Too sad to read about the hardships native Americans are facing while trillions are spent on war.ALAS

Jae A (316)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:37 pm
No one should go hungry or be cold in this or in any other nation. Native Americans have suffered enough and it's time everyone pitched in to make things well as provide help to those on the reservatons who are really in need due to the ......greed of others.

Thank you Kat for this message and the link provide to donate from.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:38 pm
how sad,if I was in a more secure financial state I would help,but all I can do is pray that these people get the help that they need and stat warm.

Jae A (316)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:40 pm
Kat, I am heading out on some biz in a few minutes but perhaps you can find an address on the link so that folks who do not do 'transactions' over the internet will also have a way in which to donate.There might be one on the site but I didn't see it, but I was in a hurry when I went there.
Thanks, Jae

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:42 pm

Let me go look, Jae...



kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:43 pm


ALEXANDRIA, VA 22303-1499

Please call toll-free 1 (888) 491-9859 between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm EST to speak with the Running Strong Staff.

Please send all faxed correspondence to (703) 317-9690.

Send us an email at


kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:52 pm
Thousands without water after storm

kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:53 pm
Ice storm leaves 15,000 without power in Dakotas


kat yazzie (400)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 12:54 pm
Tribal officials put dent in propane shortage, but more cold expected


ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 1:12 pm
thanx Kat, I agree with Abdessalem & Dianne. May the Great Holy Spirit/ Wakan Tanka bless us all!!

Barbara K (60)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 1:38 pm
Thanks, my friend, I wrote down the address and will send a donation. How about warm clothing for the kids if anyone has some in good condition, but outgrown?

ewoud k (68)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 1:41 pm
For starters just 1 (one)% of the Defens Department's budget....
Thanks for posting Kat

Debbie Hogan (115)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 1:58 pm
Absolutely, ewoud...It's a disgrace that our government is still allowing the indigenous peoples of this country to live in such poverty. Payday's coming up for me....Got my eye on a couple of things I would like to buy to help Pine Ridge...Wish I was in a position to do more...Thanks again, Kat.

Christina G (41)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 2:00 pm
Noted, re-posted & shared on FB ~ Thanks Kat!

Patricia C (825)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 2:11 pm

Dave Kane (308)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 2:41 pm
If I could I would . Will send good intentions and prayers though. May all things be better and may all be well.

Jeannette A (137)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 2:55 pm
Noted... signed up for the newsletter so that when I have money I can donate and it won't get out of sight.

Bruce Eyster (20)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 3:05 pm
Kat : Thanks for posting this and the contact info .

Süheyla C (234)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 3:11 pm
Thank you Kat. I'm over donations to the limit too. For Africa, malaria, water, medical assistance did. I'm waiting for retirement. I left from work. Tangible improvement in the positions send help.

Penelope R (178)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 3:24 pm
Thanks for the post, I try to donate to one thing monthly will try to do this next. Not much money but it's something.

Barbara K (60)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 4:06 pm
Kat, if you could, would you please inform us as to whom to make out the checks to? Thanks, my friend.

offline away busy sorry (63)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 5:19 pm
noted i would like to help but right now i'm kind of broke but i know out there are people that really need help and a lot of lovely person like you who care and help god bless you all.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 5:26 pm

"We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and buffalo, deer, antelope and other game. But you have come here, you are taking my land from me, you are killing off our game, so it is hard for us to live. Now, you tell us to work for a living, but the Great Spirit did not make us to work, but to live by hunting. You white men can work if you want to. We do not interfere with you, and again you say why do you not become civilized? We do not want your civilization! We would live as our fathers did, and their fathers before them."
...Crazy Horse - Sioux

Alicia V (181)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 5:33 pm
Theirs is the knowledge and the land. They should be living in comfort after being deprived from everything from long ago. Such a racist situation still. The Government should be more than on top of this. Let's hope this doesn't occur this winter it will be disgrace upon them and death upon the real american pople.

Larry Kibby (13)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 5:52 pm
noted and thanks

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 6:15 pm

The Wounded Knee Massacre
(December 29, 1890)

My grandfather, a full-blooded Oneidan chief, the most significant adult figure in my life, was 25 years old at that time, and living on a reservation in Wisconsin.

Now that I'm grown, and have read beyond the lies I learned in public school, I fully understand his reluctance (and anger) to speak of his past .

(Of course, he knew the truth. But, his pride prevented him from speaking it.)

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 6:37 pm

It angers me that my people are brought to this level; and yet, I must remind myself that this is just the most recent of all the continuing injustices.

WHEN will we learn to TRULY respect the rights of others to live according to their own beliefs? (Without being displaced, and disrespected, and murdered?)

This country continues that disrespect to this day, in pursuit of oil and land rights. We sacrifice our own children (who are disrespected upon their return from the nightmares the powers-that-be subject them to upon their surviving them).


This can NOT possibly be the intent of our existence!

Crystal T (20)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 6:55 pm
So tired of CNN harping on the same group of people needing help when everybody does. So I sent them a reminder of the people here who need help and that if they want to help people need, start here.

Patrizia S (315)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 7:34 pm
Noted Thank you

Vinnie m (334)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 7:43 pm
Hi Kat, I'm Comanche and my friend Jae is Cherokee but We are all Brothers and Sisters. I use to send money to Pine Ridge when I had it. But now I've lost my job and am really strugling. A White man at the Dog Park over heard me discussing my plight with a lady whose little dog Dottie was playing with and handed me $20.00 and said "Go buy your dog some Food". and left, a complete stranger.

Vinnie m (334)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 7:50 pm
BTW.. There are alot of Good white people with a heart. There are good and bad in every Nationality. My friend ole Chuck an American German here in town who is a WW2 veteran, fixed my lawnmower for $15.00 last spring. I gave him a brief tour of my yard and the names of all my trees and plants. He asked," You give them names?". I told him I was a Native American he removed his cap and Apoligized for what his Ancestors had done to Mine. He made me tear up and I gave him a hug.

Agnes H (144)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:17 pm
I wish I could afford the postage as I have blankets and sheets I don't use anymore! Here most of them will go for rags when we put them in a charity bin, I can't afford to send money and I can't afford the postage of these bulky items! I truly wish I could help from Australia but my invalid pension barely pays for the bills! I know Hubby gets a caregiver's pension. That's the same amount as mine and between us we just manage to keep on living. If there's any other way I can help please let me know!

Deborah Litster (30)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:23 pm
why is this happening in a wealthy country jI was ust watching a show about mansions in Nashville, Tennessee it's such a disgrace that these people broadcast their wealth when people are starving and freezing and then when they raise a little money by singing a song not really giving anything it's broadcast as if they are all so generous why don't all these celebrities reach in their pockets and help the inpoverished- they have so much money it is sickening

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:33 pm

I hear all of you. This is why I refuse to ask for money. So many are struggling just to provide for their own immediate circle.

I love that you are torn, but I hate that you may feel guilty.

In times such as this, we must dig down deep in our souls and remember that there are things we can offer that have no tangible worth.

Give your support. Speak well of this to others who may be in a position of helping. Hold your head up and demand respect for yourself, and do so when speaking of our Sioux brethren.

I love you all for even considering this situation.

Animae C (514)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:34 pm
Than.q Kat i've saved this wonderful site.

MmAway M (506)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:39 pm
Jeepers, sorry I am late on this one Kat!

So important! As a United States Citizen I feel just ILL of what has been done to all of our Native Americans...

They took care of this United States and everyone came in and distroyed it, plus put our Native Americans into places that we would not live in unless we had a shopping cart!!!

So Distressings -- Thanks Kat, UPSET, sadly can't send you or Just C another star, but WHAT????????

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:42 pm

Warm hug, sweet Marilyn.

Sharon Collins (62)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 8:56 pm
If I could, I certainly would too. The best I can give is a Flame of Warmth from my Heart in these cold times.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 9:02 pm
ewoud, I hear you. It is always those who have little themselves that reach out to those who also have little or less. Where are the Bill Gates on this one? Or how about the US Government just doing the right thing. Each winter, it is the same horrors that must be faced by the same people. A disgrace upon this land.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 9:04 pm

So true, Sheryl.

MmAway M (506)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 9:09 pm
YES Dande and Just C...Bill Gates while giving all of this $$ overseas should take a peek here and get his act together!!!

Putting our Native Americans that Actually TOOK BETTER CARE OF THIS LAND THAN ANYONE are living in FREEZING weather and filth!


Past Member (0)
Sunday October 24, 2010, 10:51 pm
Thanx Kat! We already have a few Native groups that we sent $, clothes, and Christmas presents to during the holiday season, but I will bookmark this site. Even though we don't have much, we have heat, running water, electricity, food, and a roof over our heads, which is more than most Natives on the reservations have.

Claudia McCall (43)
Monday October 25, 2010, 12:16 am
Noted and took down name of site to donate next pay. I'm a newbie to the Care2 news thing, but I wonder if I could ask all those reading my comment for a favor that be so big to me: You see, I've been researching my ancestry on for more than a year now to uncover my Native American ancestry among other things. My maternal great-grandmother had my grandmother, a real great lady, out of wedlock to a man who was 1/4 Native American, but we don't know what tribe. I only have a last name to go by and it's taken alot of time, but I think I may have found the family. Even tho I am only 1/32 of whatever the tribe, I really want to find out which tribe, because I'm part of them and they're part of me. We all want to know who we are and who we belong to, and who knows? Maybe I can help them like we all are helping this tribe, know what I mean? If some of you could send out some prayers and blessings that I could find this out, I would be so grateful. Thanks, everyone!

Colin Hope (243)
Monday October 25, 2010, 2:14 am
Noted and signed!!

Angelika R (143)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:06 am
this is heartbreaking -apart from the crying shame. Question to all: if you cannot make multiple donations and need to make a choice between heat aid for the Reservation, some animal welfare or saving cause and a campaign contribution to Political action for promoting Dems, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE??
( I have already made up my mind, just curious)

Past Member (0)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:22 am
It is really SUCH a shame, and breaks my heart, that the People that originated the love for the land, the Creator and knew how to respect the earth and all on it are being disrespected so is bad enough that the have to ASK the government or ANYONE for help but to live in these conditions when the Oglala were SUCH A PROUD FIERCE nation just makes me cry..THANK YOU SO MUCH Kat for having and continuing to fight for this cause and allowing others to truly show others WHY we were created and why we are all on this earth, the need, the heart and desire to bring things back to the way they once were

kat yazzie (400)
Monday October 25, 2010, 6:21 am


Running Strong for American Indian Youth

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22303-1499


Joy W (103)
Monday October 25, 2010, 6:41 am
Noted, thanks.

Charlene S (126)
Monday October 25, 2010, 7:40 am
The dire situation these people are in is inexcusable in a country as rich as America. We support every country in the world when they have a castastrophe when we need to keep that money here and help our own. I thought Obama pledged to stop this abuse of these people? He needs a wake up call. Bring our troops home and use those trillions taking care of America. I will try to do what I can for them as I am fortunate enough right now to be able to pay my own bills and help those around me locally as much as I can.

Angelika R (143)
Monday October 25, 2010, 8:22 am
Angelika Roll,
From Billy Mills and all of us, THANK YOU for your generous gift of XXX supporting Running Strong for American Indian Youth® and our important programs supporting children and families living on Indian reservations. You are making a difference. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thanks Kat for bringing this on. I have just accomplished my first online transaction, which wasn't really all that difficult. Couldn't donate enough to support a family, but gave what I could.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday October 25, 2010, 9:26 am

Thanks for caring, Angie!


Krasimira B (175)
Monday October 25, 2010, 10:15 am
Shameful. Noted, thanks for posting this and the contact info, Kat.

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:10 pm
how ironic. i just mentioned on facebook that it is about that time of year to start worrying about the reservations. here's my favorite site. you can send little packages of goods whenever you have the time and money.

Ginger Strivelli (20)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:10 pm
it is shameful for anyone in our country to go cold, or hungry or homeless...we are such a rich country compared to others around the world who may not be able to feed/warm/house their poor. We could if we would. Of course we could have universal health care coverage in this country too if the greedy GOP would let the government help the needy instead of help big business.

greenplanet e (155)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:10 pm
sorely pains my heart. to think of all the money spent / made on oil., coal, war. so much injustice and suffering. it makes me sick and sad.

greenplanet e (155)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:16 pm
Diabetes comes from the stupid Western diet. First Peoples were healthy before.

Robert O (12)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:19 pm

Susan B (3)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:41 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday October 25, 2010, 1:50 pm

greenplanet e (155)
Monday October 25, 2010, 2:04 pm
Those electric company charges are exhorbitant and criminal!

Tamila mendoza (177)
Monday October 25, 2010, 2:10 pm
What about all that money from the Indian Casinos? A small portion of that would save them from freezing. This reminds me of the Government lottery. Money supposed to be benefitting the public schools, but the only change we see is program cuts, teacher lay offs, over crowding in the class rooms and schools being shut down.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 25, 2010, 2:27 pm
Just a little wisdom,someday when you stand before the "Great Spirit'what will you say? what will your excuse be? for not helping the little Red Children? the freezing elders at Pine Ridge and other poor Indian communities across the plains.Are you displeased with them because they wiped out the 7th calvary,and the Great General Custard? they were only defending their homeland,,their way of life and their childrens.You would do the same if put in the same situation.The richest Nation on the planet disgust me,Obama appears to be a liar too,all the promiises he made to the Indian People.Where's Oprah?Bill Gates?all the Rich celebrities? that have more money to spend then they will ever need..Thanks Kat for putting this info out there.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 25, 2010, 2:50 pm
I don't understand why the Native Americans are made to suffer so much. The lost ballot boxes were one thing and now they don't receive aid for heating. I just don't understand.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Monday October 25, 2010, 3:44 pm
Broken treaties...Broken promises....Still continues to this day...It's beyond my comprehension as well, Heidi...

surjit s (1)
Monday October 25, 2010, 4:29 pm
What about the millions of $ we are giving to Pakistan and Afghanistan in aid/charity could it not be use for Native Americans? Charity starts at home. Shame on USA Govt. My donation is on the way.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:02 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:20 pm
California has alot of Indian run casinos that make a lot of money. I want to know why they are not helping out. (Yes, I know that they are different tribes, but still...)

patricia lasek (317)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:30 pm
Kat, thank you for the reminder of the peril they will face again this year.
Vinnie, you made my eyes leak with your heart-warming story.
Every little bit will help them.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:41 pm
Does anyone have a comment about what Christine has said - could the other Reservations help out - then again-perhaps they do?

Jane H (139)
Monday October 25, 2010, 5:55 pm
I just wish I had enough money to help everyon who need any of the basic things of life---this is too sad. No one should have to suffer.

Alex Keir (0)
Monday October 25, 2010, 8:47 pm
I'll do all I can.

Charlie L (47)
Monday October 25, 2010, 10:06 pm
Noted, thanks Kat. It's inexcusable that more hasn't been done by this time to alleviate the misery these people are living with. I will try to send something. It won't be much, but I'll do what I can.

"You cannot send a green star to Dandelion G. because you have sent one in the last week."
"You cannot send a green star to Just Carole because you have sent one in the last week."

Teresa K (33)
Monday October 25, 2010, 10:29 pm
Shameful! Thank you for this post and for the info to help!

Juliana D (18)
Monday October 25, 2010, 10:41 pm
Noted, and shared.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 1:22 am
I hope the rich people dig deep and help. Very sad.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:01 am
Unfortunately not enough attention is paid to the conditions Native Americans are living in.

Jules B (91)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 3:21 am
Noted, Nobody should have to go cold and or hungry in any Country. How much money is spent on war's...millions...yet people are starving....priorities!!!!

Beverly C (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 5:24 am
We Must Help. We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, as they are ours.

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 8:27 am
I have been flagging spammers all morning. When is this BS going to stop. It seems they only do it on really important threads.
I'm trying to keep this on Front Page News Kat.

Gary C (5)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 9:50 am
noted thankyou....

kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:04 pm


Join us for a day of live music, crafts, food and fun in a concert to benefit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 from
1:00 PM UNTIL 8:00 PM

The Chumash Indian Museum
3290 Lang Ranch Parkway
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

featuring: The NAMA winning - GrayWolf Blues band
(805) 492-8076

Adult - 13 yrs / $10.00
12 yrs - 5 yrs / $5.00
under 5 yrs / free

no alcohol or illegal drugs
Seating is limited - folding chair are highly recommended Dress warm in case of chilly weather

(Profits will go to heat homes for the upcoming winter)


Sue M (0)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 2:13 pm

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6:27 pm
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This is shameful.

Kim O (396)
Monday November 1, 2010, 9:50 pm
EVERYTHING needs to be done to help these people!!!! They were here first for cryin out loud!!! They deserve to be treated with the utmost respect!!!!!

Charmaine C (177)
Thursday November 4, 2010, 6:28 am
You know we have the same problem here in the UK. Our society is richer than ever before yet there are still elderly people who die from hypothermia every winter and poor families with little kids who suffer from lack of winter resources. It's truly pathetic. I hope our respective societies grow a conscience and a heart!

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Friday November 5, 2010, 4:42 am

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Jeremy Mathsen (0)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 2:41 pm
Thank You.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 15, 2015, 5:56 pm
As Dandelion said, where's the government on this one---and it is always the poor who help the needy the most. I'll share this info.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday May 15, 2015, 11:43 pm
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