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From the Pine Ridge Reservation

Young people on Pine Ridge want to believe in themselves and to ignore negative pressures around them, but when you think that you’re alone, it’s hard to make the choice to stand out as an achiever or activist. LCE provides us with a network of youth from across the reservation who want to be leaders, activists, doctors, scientists, suicide counselors, veterinarians, the tribal president and even the President of the United States…None of [my accomplishments] would have been possible without LCE’s support and guidance— allowing me to give back to my community and encouraging me to be proud of my heritage.
~ Keith Martinez, Youth Advisory Board Chair, Gates Millennium Scholar and Presidential Scholar (Villanova University), 2013-14 Youth Service Ambassador State of SD (Youth Service America), 2014 Champion for Change (Center for Native American Youth)

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I hope to see LCE’s Writing Challenge continue and the youth summits get bigger each year. LCE has helped me find my voice and be heard… I am learning to step out of my comfort zone and put myself out here in the community about topics that are important. I would never have done that without the encouragement and mentorship from LCE. I’m finding my place here in the community. I am so proud to be a part of the advisory board. The LCE is my family.
~Summer Montileaux, Youth Board Member, ABC Summer of Service Award Winner, Disney and Friends Grant Recipient, 2014 Honorable Mention, Champion for Change (Center for Native American Youth)

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The LCE organization has encouraged and supported my granddaughter … by recognizing her talents as an upcoming poetry writer, and gave her opportunities to continue her educational endeavors. I am impressed with [Maggie Dunne’s] reason to help our people, the Oglala Lakota. As an elder and community member I am deeply moved that this is happening in my lifetime. For this I am eternally grateful.. Mitakuye Oyasin (All my relatives)
~ Joyce W.

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It is truly an honor to be an advisor for the Lakota Children’s Enrichment Inc. I have volunteered with their projects on several different occasions and have witnessed the positive impact that is being made for the Lakota youth. The writing challenge has encouraged many Lakota youth to share their thoughts on important issues. The support LCE provides to these amazing Lakota youth in whatever their hearts desire is truly awesome. I am looking forward to the great things that will happen because of Maggie and LCE.
~ Volunteer

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If the world were populated by compassionate and caring people like Maggie Dunne there would be a noticeable difference in all communities of this beautiful world that is so mired by complacency violence.
~ Inila-Wakan Janis

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I am so thankful for you, your BIG heart and all you do and are determined to do… You are amazing… I wonder what inspires you and gives you your determination…
~ Jenifer Janis

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I am so excited for [my child] and this opportunity [from LCE]. … [[A]s a parent I cannot thank you enough for the positive support and wonderful opportunities you are providing for my [child].
~ Janet W, parent of Youth Advisory Board member

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I appreciate all that you have done to …recognize not only our two student winners here at Little Wound Schools but also women on our reservation, and in the world as a whole. They truly are wakan and should be revered… Again I say thank you and am very pleased that I was allowed to play a small part in this great event.
~ Dan S., teacher

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I just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to your organization and your partners who make your work possible!! You have given us, our Lakota youth a glimmer of hope and inspiration!! Together we can make that difference that will create leaders and will allow the youth to realize their full potentials! Wopila Tanka!!!
~ CeCe Big Crow

Working together we can become a positive force of change inside our community, and in the world. I love [Pine Ridge Reservation] and want for everyone to have the opportunity to engage in positive and productive discussions about the value of higher education. The negative pressure to drop out of school can make you lose sight of the fact that a solid education opens doors to a better future. LCE never lets us forget that those of us who remain in school and give back to our communities really are the “cool” kids.
~Bobby Pourier, Youth Advisory Board Member, 2014-15 Youth Service Ambassador for SD (Youth Service America)

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The LCE program came up in my life last spring when I was awarded for my writing piece in their first writing contest. During the following summer, I learned about the LCE. I was surprised at how focused they are on the reservation and how much they want to help here.  Upon visiting their website, I saw a lot of images and words that ignited a flame in my heart. I was so thankful that someone cares about our reservation. It also motivated me to become a better me
~ Colton Sierra, Youth Advisory Board, Gates Millennium Scholar

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I am Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation. I am also a freelance writer and contribute to such media as The Guardian and LA Progressive.  I had the privilege in March to be a judge for the first ever writing contest for the youth of our reservation. It was inspiring to see the voices of our future.
I encourage them to continue with their passion for writing…so someday, they are not the only voice but one of many telling our stories. Wopila (thank you) to Lakota Children’s Enrichment and Maggie Dunne for inspiring the youth and letting them realize, they too can be heard.
~ Dana Lone Hill

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Thank you so much for all you have done to fulfill the hopes and dreams of our [students].
~ Barbara Ice, Principal Red Shirt School

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I’m the art teacher at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD. We’ve received several boxes of art supplies from LCE this year. We would like to say Thank You… This is my first year there so hopefully with your support we will continue to grow for the children.
~ Kate T., Art Teacher

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I have had the pleasure of meeting this articulate young woman and seeing her in action. She has touched the lives of so many of America’s forgotten children I can only imagine what the world would really be like if people and politicians in power were able to accomplish the hands on, in the trenches approach she so easily displays…
It was truly an honor to promote the writing challenge here on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and then being present for the awards ceremonies, meeting the judges, and guiding them across our homelands. Many students here have continuing real life struggles and Maggie Dunne is definitely on the path of being a Earth Changer here.
As of this writing there has been a declaration of a youth state of emergency because of a rash of suicides happening here and there has been another one at my daughter’s school just yesterday 3/25/2013. One of my daughters classmates. There is much work to help solve this problem plaguing our tribe that must be done before we can actually begin to make a dent in this extremely sad outcome of so many children here. There are many reasons that may point to why, but social, political, and economic injustice are at the root.
If the government and citizens believed in the value of social responsibility the way the young angel in a young lady suit named Maggie Dunne does there would be a measure of justice here… In The Spirit Of Justice.
~ Inila-Wakan Janis

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I’m just proud of how far I’ve come and the differences I’m making and will be making in the future! Ever since I’ve been on the LCE Youth Advisory Board, I’ve done so many good things in the community.
~ Summer Montileaux, YAB Member

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From Our Fans and Volunteers

I agreed to be a part of this because I think it is of fundamental importance. I’ve traveled to 75 countries in the world in my lifetime and the degree of poverty and neglect in Pine Ridge is really horrifying, and the fact that … Maggie Dunne decided to do something about it, [to] work with [Lakota youth] to help them understand that what they think and what they say matters, is very impressive to me, so I agreed to part of it, and I am glad that I am [involved with LCE].
~Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams

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It’s what you do when know one is looking that matters. Native Americans are the most disenfranchised people in our nation. I’d rather applaud you Maggie….
~ L.

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The people of the LCE not only help children on the Pine Ridge Reservation, they inspire those of us who know them to work harder for the goals of LCE and of other organizations we support. The founder, Maggie Dunne, makes it clear that one person can make a difference, and that person can be a teen or a grandparent. LCE has found a way for each of us to help – be it packing books, working on the Reservation, making a financial donation or “just” learning and spreading the word.
~ Volunteer

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Lakota Children’s Enrichment is an impactful nonprofit whose programs provide enrichment opportunities for the bright, talented, amazing Native American youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. As a LCE volunteer, I have had the opportunity to visit Pine Ridge twice, and I’ve seen firsthand the need for programs like LCE’s that promote leadership, creative expression, athletics, service learning, and activism. I’ve had the privilege of meeting the children whose lives have been positively changed by LCE’s work, and I have been inspired by the many members of the LCE team (including Founder and CEO Maggie Dunne, the Board, and all the wonderful volunteers) who work collaboratively to address the injustices on the Reservation. LCE does truly important work with passion, enthusiasm, and optimism and it is an organization whose mission is deserving of all Americans’ attention.
~ Nora S.

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I have had the great pleasure of following the beautiful journey of Maggie Dunne, founder of LCE,from when she first learned of the tremendous need for activism on behalf of the children of Pine Ridge, through all she has done in the years that have followed, all with the goal of benefiting and enriching the lives of those children. She is an extraordinary person and her mission, this organization, is brilliant. She absolutely has my gratitude and support.
~ Brooke M.

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Right on, Maggie! … Yes, we all need to act (rather than remain complacent as so many do).  And what better place to start than with those whom we displaced… Bravo.
~ Maria Steinmann

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Je suis en coeur et en pensée avec vous et si je peux faire parti de la solution ou y participer modestement je le ferais. dites aussi au peuple lakota, aux sioux aux autres natifs de s’accrocher c’est un peuple fier et fort. Nous sommes tous frère et je suis fier de mes frère et du combat qu’ils mènent depuis les jours sombre de leur histoire. j’espère un jour pouvoir les aider… Bravo pour ce que vous faites.
~ Mireille

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Bravo to [Lakota Children’s Enrichment]. This organization is making a dramatic difference. Each member works tirelessly and selflessly to provide hope and warmth to children long forgotten by the US government and the greater culture. Not only are [they] providing hope to the forgotten, but they’re reminding all of us who might have forgotten just how good it feels to do for others.  BRAVO!…
~ Molly

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You may get the impression of Ms. Dunne as a learned saint, an intense intellectual, and moral force. She is this — and I have not mentioned all the facets of her academic success or social service…. I have taught at the college level for over 35 years. I have never met a student like Maggie Dunne, for her dynamic intelligence, her service dedication, and as an agent of positive change. ~ Christopher Vecsey, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of the Humanities, Native American Studies, and Religion, as reported in Colgate University News

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Maggie. You are proving yourself to be a world changer and inspiring those that follow in your footsteps… What a gift to the world you have become.
~ Helen Berge

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I am so impressed that someone as young as Maggie cares as much as she does. She has made a personal commitment to implement change. I honor her.
~ Hon. Sandra Forster

From Sponsors and Others

Maggie took a high moment in her life and paid it forward. I’m in awe of how these women [Maggie and others] are rallying all of us to change the world together.
~ Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine

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All Americans should be educated about the history of failed promises and broken treaties that have contributed to the obstacles facing the Lakota and other first peoples. I look forward to my continued involvement in Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s movement to help support the empowerment of Lakota youth so they can work to develop and enrich the lives of their communities while they help change the way that Americans view injustices in this country.
~ Nobel Laureate Jody Wiliams

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Maggie Dunne’s passion for her work is evident and her success is measurable. She has made a difference in the lives of thousands of Lakota children and deserves a chance to do more. It is my pleasure to support her work. The struggles of indigenous communities are global concerns.
~ Sir Richard Branson

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The only thing more impressive than Dunne’s story is the work that she does for the Native communities of the Lakota Nation. Her approach to social justice work pushes beyond one-time giving, and instead initiates change from within.
~ Ana Cecilia Alvarez, The Daily Beast

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These young scholars have voices of power and strength that resound in their poetry…I truly look forward to building and crafting stories with them. If we continue to ignite the light of literature and art in their daily lives– they’ll have all the tools they need to change not only their world, but ours.
~ Poet Jasmine Mans

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The youth of Pine Ridge have remarkable strength and resiliance and the lands are so much a part of their culture; it is important for their voices to be heard in the national dialogue.
~ Iranian American Author Susanne Pari

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[The Pine Ridge Reservation] brings us face to face with the U.S. legacy of genocide against Native American peoples. The Lakota reservation reminds us that we have a crisis of poverty in our culture. It was powerful to see the rugged plains landscape of the Lakota people; a landscape that’s marked by the massacre of Wounded Knee in 1890, a landscape where there’s a lot of history of resilience and refusal to give up their way of life.
~ Armenian Genocide Expert and Author, Peter Balakian

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The story of Maggie Dunne [Class of] ’13 building support for her Lakota Pine Ridge Children’s Enrichment Project is nothing short of astounding.
~ Colgate University President, Jeffrey Herbst

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It was our pleasure to host the Inaugural fundraiser for Lakota Children’s Enrichment at our home… LCE is doing important work to help the children on Pine Ridge have the same opportunities as other children in America. We are thrilled to support this amazing organization.
~ Steven Steinman