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The 2nd Annual TEDxYOUTH@DINOSAURPARK videos go live!

Speaker, Wiyaka performed an original spoken-word poem!

This October 14, 2017, LCE had the pleasure of being a lead sponsor for the 2nd Annual TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark event in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Native and Non-Native communities of South Dakota came together in a collaborative educational environment to see 6 diverse speakers share their ideas at the Journey Museum and Learning Center on the theme, Voices of the Land. It was a HUGE success!

We have assembled (in alphabetical order) the videos and the bios of each speaker below! Check it out and please share!

  • Alice Liou: “Disrupting the Invisible Ism”   Alice is an educator who works with young people to use design and storytelling as a means to amplify youth voice and build critical community. She is a current Ph.D. student and previously a middle school teacher, a curriculum designer, and an educational researcher. In her talk, Alice shares her idea the ageism is the invisible ism that every person experiences. She takes us though movements led by young people and what we can do to challenge the assumption that youth are “just too young.”

  • Jared Narlock: “Finding Joy” Jared is an advocate for lifelong learning and development. He has had the immense pleasure working to make a difference in the lives of those he works with as the Vice President of Talent Development for Regional Health and as an active volunteer with junior achievement in Rapid City. In his talk, Jared experienced the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a tipping point in his life, and walks us through his journey to finding joy

  • Liliana Tamayo: Indigenous Rising  Liliana is Sicangu Lakota, raised on the Rosebud Reservation. She currently a Junior in college in Omaha, NE and a mentor to Native students who attend Omaha Public Schools. In her talk, Liliana shares her experiences with the movement at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and explains the importance of today’s Indigenous Rising movements.

  • Marissa Lee Snider “More than 0.01%” Marisa is Lakota from the Hunkpapa, Oglala, and Sicangu bands. She is a recent college graduate who majored in computer science. She is a software developer and is dedicated towards giving back to her community through the access and use of technology. In her talk, Marisa shares that the stark statistic that Native American women make up only 0.01% of technologists, and walks us through the solution of increasing access in Native communities.
  • Nayana Rathmalgoda AKA Lobo Reincarnated “How to Save the Rhino” Nayana  is a Critically Acclaimed Artist, entirely self-taught. Joined onstage with his K9, Angel, he is highly passionate about wildlife with a focus on the illegal wildlife trade. In this talk, Nayana shares his project created through his collaboration with the NGO, Breaking the Brand, to combine art and science in an innovative new approach to combat the trade in Rhino Horn at it’s source.

  • Wiyaka Little Spotted Horse “My Past, Your Future” Wiyaka is a 17-year-old student attending Little Wound High School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She is a young poet and artist. In her talk, Wiyaka performs her original spoken-word poem, “My past, Your future.” She is member of Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s Youth Advisory Board.

    Thank you for taking the time to watch these amazing young people share their ideas. We could not produce this event on our own! Thank you to our amazing volunteers and sponsors! Organizers were: Maggie Dunne (Lead Organizer), Autumn White Eyes (Organizer, MC, and Speaker Coach), Cindy Dunne (Organizer and Speaker Coach), Troy Kilpatrick (Organizer and Venue Coordinator), the Journey Museum and Learning Center (event venue), Indigene Entertainment Studios (Photography and Videography), Copy Country (Printing), the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City (lighting), and a huge group of volunteers made up of Lakota youth, LCE’s Youth Board, and community members from the Pine Ridge Reservation!

Special props goes out to Indigene Entertainment Studios! Willi White and Angel White Eyes did all of the filming, photography, and editing for the event! WOPILA! (Thank you!)

The first TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark took place in April 2016 and was the first TEDxYouth event ever produced in Rapid City, South Dakota. The second event took place on October 14, 2017!

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, like ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about TEDx HERE.

Visit the TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark’s website HERE. 

Check out all of the photos from our event HERE.

Interested in supporting this event? You can donate on our website, just indicate that you would like your donation to go to supporting this event! If you would like to become a sponsor or volunteer contact us at tedxyouthdinosaurpark@gmail.com

Buy your tickets to attend the Scarsdale Rotary Club’s Annual Fundraiser benefitting LCE!

Save the date and buy your ticket today for the Scarsdale Rotary Club annual food and wine tasting fundraiser that will benefit Lakota Children’s Enrichment on April 19, 2018!

2018 Food and Wine Tasting Fundraiser:

April 19, 2018 6-8:30 PM

Scarsdale Golf Club – 35 Club Way – Hartsdale, NY 10530

Tickets: $100 per person

 The Scarsdale Rotary club has been a long time supporter of our work at Lakota Children’s Enrichment. Every year with this event, the Scarsdale Rotary Club raises money for 5 designated organizations (including LCE), and other local charities that can apply for funding.  We are grateful to be selected as a designated grantee once again. This event is sure to be a night to remember, and we hope to see you there! Head over the the Scarsdale Rotary Club’s website to purchase tickets for event day: https://scarsdalerotary.org/Annual_Wine_Tasting_Fund.php

The Scarsdale Rotary Club meets every Tuesday from 12 – 1:30pm at:

Moscato’s Restaurant
874 Scarsdale Ave
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Email them if you would like to get involved and like them on Facebook!

A Winter Warmer Success!

This January, Lakota Children’s Enrichment hosted a Winter Warmer: a fundraiser and meet and greet at a beautiful private residence in Scarsdale, NY. The event was very similar to our Summer Soiree event in August, which you can read more about here.

Approximately 40 supporters attended the intimate gathering to learn about LCE’s work and to meet our new Executive Director, Autumn White Eyes. Maggie Dunne, LCE’s Founder and Board Chair, welcomed the group and gave the history of LCE’s founding. Autumn followed Maggie’s introduction by performing her poem, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which won the grand prize award in LCE’s 2014 Voices of the Land Writing and Art Challenge, which was how she got involved with LCE. Autumn also spoke about growing up in Pine Ridge, and updated the group on LCE’s recent programs such as annual Holiday Party and our 2018 Writing and Art Challenge. She spoke about the importance of providing arts, education, storytelling, service, and leadership opportunities which are few and far between on the reservation, however, LCE is working to fill these gaps for Lakota Youth.

This event was hosted by LCE’s board of directors:

Cindy Dunne, Esq.

Maggie Dunne, Chair of Board

Timothy Chilson Dunne

Paul Goldenberg

Ujju Mahatme, Esq.

Susanne Pari

Brenda Schad, Choctaw/Cherokee

Nora Steinman

Jonathan Ungar

Anna Elise Walton

Janet Whiting, Oglala Lakota

LCE wants to thank its host committee and everyone who made it to the event to support our work. We could not do this work without our supporters. Executive Director Autumn White Eyes said, “It was so wonderful to meet so many long-time supporters of LCE and the Pine Ridge Reservation from Scarsdale, NY. I was in awe that so many people in Scarsdale were aware of and continue to volunteer in Pine Ridge every summer! I am so grateful to meet our supporters in-person and share our work with you. I hope that we can continue to host events like this one in your community!”

Check out some of the photos from the event in the slide show above. If you were unable to make it to this event, but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, then please head on over to our donate page.

If you would like to host an event like this in your community, then please contact us at info@lakotachildren.org

2018 MLK day of Service: LCE Book Drive!

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the LCE VolunTEAM engaged Edison, New Jersey in our work for Lakota Youth. We reached out to the local community, and adults and youth as young as 8 years old, gathered and packed 390 books for one of our partner schools: Little Wound School located in Kyle, SD! Books gathered were appropriate for k-12 grades and will go to Little Wound’s Elementary, Middle, and High Schools! The day of service was organized by our Executive Director Autumn White Eyes and Advisory Board member, Alice Liou.

Alice Liou, who grew up in Edison said, “I was overwhelmed with my community’s generosity and was inspired by their willingness to learn and act in solidarity with the Pine Ridge Reservation!”

Our executive director, Autumn White Eyes also reflected upon the day, “Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ On January 15th, community service projects were done all across the United States, an important day to remember our communities and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to bridge gaps between communities for racial, economic, and social justice. I am strong believer in social justice starting at home, and even if you weren’t able to participate in service on MLK day, its never too late to give back to your community, and serve!”

It was certainly a huge success to engage Edison in LCE’s work with Pine Ridge and we hope to continue to raising awareness of Native issues across the U.S.! If you are interested in partnering or volunteering with our work please let us know at info@lakotachildren.org.

Holiday Party brings together youth on Pine Ridge Reservation!

This December we hosted a holiday party for Lakota youth ages 12-24 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation! Over 50 youth were served with a healthy lunch, gifts, and a number of activities at our holiday party.

Activities at the holiday party included cookie decorating, stocking decorating, and a service project of creating holiday cards for residents of the new Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home, which is now serving over 30 elders on the reservation. Each participant of the party received a small candy gift bag, a $10 Walmart gift card, and a door prize. Some of the door prizes included science experiment kits, reusable water bottles, and bluetooth speakers.

Youth Advisory Board members Lane Bordeaux, Savannah Montileaux, and Wiyaka Little Spotted Thunder led all activities during the party. Participants ranged in age from 9 year-olds (accompanied by a parent) to 24 year-olds. They were also asked to fill out a survey about the event. Of those surveyed, we found that 100% of participants enjoyed the activities and wished that there were more like it on the reservation. We also found that 95% would recommend this holiday party to a friend. Many other positive comments accompanied the surveys such as, “ (It was) very enjoyable! Everyone had a great time!” and “I really enjoyed this event! There should be more like it on the rez!”

Youth Advisory Board members Lane Bordeaux, Savannah Montileaux, Wiyaka Little Spotted Thunder, Cheyenne Whiting, Jetta Tobacco, and Angelique White Eyes helped with the planning, organizing, shopping for the event. This event could not have been possible without our supporters and Running Strong for American Indian Youth who helped to sponsor the event.

Piláuŋyayapi (We Thank You) for helping make this event possible! To continue supporting our work, please make a tax-deductible donation here!