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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!

 

LCE joins the LNI festivities!

(Photographs courtesy of Tara Rose Weston photography)

The Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) is an annual event in Rapid City, SD that brings together Lakota youth and Lakota communities from across the state of South Dakota for activities including basketball, handgames, language bowl, knowledge bowl, archery, and poetry slam tournaments. This year, LCE served as a co-organizer for the 5th annual Youth Poetry Slam, as an educational vendor, and as a presenter at the Lakota Nations Education Conference.

LCE co-organized the 5th annual Youth Poetry Slam which took place Thursday, December 14th. The Poetry Slam was organized by First Peoples Fund’s Dance with Words program for the last four years. As an alumni of the Dances with Words program, LCE executive director, Autumn White Eyes created this new partnership for LCE. On event day, more than 75 people gathered to watch 20 Lakota youth poets perform. Laree Pourier, Dances with Words Program Manager, noted that the event attendance had more than doubled from the year before.

LCE’s executive director, Autumn White Eyes facilitated a poet circle with breathing exercises and team building activities at the beginning of the event to help students prepare for their performances. Students used this time as an opportunity to meet one another, and discuss the importance of sharing their stories and poetry with their community.

The event began with azilya (smudging), a type of praying in Lakota Culture where sage is burned to purify the mind and body. Youth poets spoke about a variety of issues impacting their lives such as colonialism, poverty, sexual assault, and depression and suicide. First People Fund’s, Angel Two Bulls led a decompression station in the room as a refuge for students who experience triggers throughout the event, because many youth spoke about issues related to trauma.

Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, a Lakota hiphop and spokeword artist, was the event’s MC, and ended the slam with an incredible performance! Talon reflected upon the event and said, “I felt their stories and their pains and their happiness and their hopes and everything. I’ve never felt that close to home before.”

Lakota Nation Invitational was an opportunity for LCE to get the word out about our work. Youth Advisory Board members Lane Anthony Bordeaux and Angelique White Eyes led an LCE vendor booth and spoke to over 100 community members about our upcoming writing and art challenge, and gave away bracelets that say, “Wakȟáŋyeža kiŋ wakȟáŋ, #ChildrenAreSacred,” a very important teaching in Lakota culture. Autumn attended the Lakota Nations Education Conference and presented to Lakota educators on ways they can bring hip-hop and spoken-word into their classrooms and how it relates to Lakota culture.

Check out this interview with our executive director on the poetry slam, and if you are interested in partnering with our work, please contact us at info@lakotachildren.org. Donations can also be made here!