Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap: The Harsh Winter Season Begins, YOU Can Help By Sharing This

4 Nov

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by Neeta Lind, Founder of Native American Netroots, has led the Native American Caucus at Netroots Nation since 2006, organized SFKossacks, (readers of Daily Kos in San Francisco Bay Area) co-editor of the Daily Kos weekly series First Nations News & Views.

It’s time to ramp up the fundraising for our reservations as we go into the harsh winter season. This diary is to kick-off this effort featuring Okiciyap, (Lakota for “we help) a food pantry organized and run by American Indians on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. The Daily Kos community has been supporting Okiciyap for several years now, thanks tobetson08 and her reporting.

This past spring, the DK Quilt Guild started off this year’s effort with a very successful auction of one of their beautiful quilts. I’ve taken design elements from that quilt and made them into the header and footer graphics for the Okiciyap fundraising diaries going forward. This past August, betson08 and I had the wonderful privilege of flying to the Okiciyap Wacipi (Powwow) in Isabel, South Dakota to present the DK Quilt Guild’s quilt to them along with a plaque of all the Daily Kos donor names. We presented another plaque which stated that the Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap group had raised over$11,000 for the pantry from the quilt auction.

To read more and donate click -> Daily Kos: Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap: The Harsh Winter Season Begins, YOU Can Help By Sharing This.


3 Responses to “Daily Kos Fundraisers for Okiciyap: The Harsh Winter Season Begins, YOU Can Help By Sharing This”

  1. Barbara Ries November 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    I love the star quits the represent the ancients.


    • Barbara Ries November 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm #


      by: Wambdi Wicasa

      The mythology as well as the traditions of our North American Indian tribes shows a religious observance of the stars and areverence for all the heavenly bodies. The Milky Way is called the “Pathway of Departed Souls.”

      After death it is believed, by many Indian Americans, that the spirit of the deceased passes on this pathway to the Southern Star, the abiding place of the dead. It is thought that to the Stars, the Great Spirit gave the power to watch over mortals on earth and impart to them spiritual blessings. The Star Quilt is given today as a token of this belief. Southwest Peoples call this “God’s Eye”.

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