Media Invite: Meet the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota as they make a major step forward in food independence with Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening
Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. Mountain, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Bringing back the buffalo to the reservation; celebrate with dancing and drumming
June 5, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) ONE Spirit, a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians, invites the press to the grand opening of the Charging Buffalo Facility. This is a major step in food independence and economic development in an area with some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates and where the teenage suicide rate is 3 1/2 times higher than the national average. But this is a story not about statistics; it’s about hope and progress and a return to a traditional food source that will nourish the Lakota with much more than food.
We invite you to come and see the beauty and culture of the Lakota and the pride of the people during this grand opening. You can learn about traditional meat carving, watch dancing and drumming, and get a tour of the Allen Youth Center and meet the next generation of Lakota.
Buffalo have been critical to the survival of the Lakota people for hundreds of years. They were used not only as a source of food, but also for shelter, clothing, and tools. Today the buffalo stand as a symbol of hope and resilience.
The Lakota and One Spirit are working together to bring back the buffalo to Pine Ridge. With the buffalo, they can end hunger on the reservation.
The Bring Back the Buffalo Project will:
- Increase the buffalo herd on the reservation
- Set up a USDA-certified meat processing facility
- Make traditional meats available for the One Spirit Food Program
- Create local employment
- Keep funds on the reservation
When and where
Charging Buffalo Facility Grand Opening Saturday, July 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. Mountain
*Tour the first and only meat processing facility on Pine Ridge Reservation
*Dancing and drumming
*Buffalo burgers for lunch
*Donor Honoring Ceremony (hand-made star quilts given out to special donors)
*Press and visitors may also tour the Allen Youth Center**
Allen, South Dakota, has the dubious distinction of being, according to census figures, the poorest community in the United States. In 2016, approximately 93.5% of the population lived below the federal poverty line, with about half below 50% of that line. The population, listed in the 2010 census as 420 (with about 600 people total in the nearby area), endures roughly 85% unemployment. The grinding poverty (per capita income is less than $4000 annually) contributes to poor health, alcoholism, early death (men, about 48 years and women, about 52 years), elevated rates of suicide (among youth, about 20 times higher than the national average), a school dropout rate around 70%, and infant mortality at 5 times the national average. (Note: these statistics are from U.S. Census figures and Native News Online).
*Directions to Charging Buffalo Facility: Shared route from Google Maps
From BIG BATS 1 PINE RIDGE to Charging Buffalo Facility via BIA Hwy 32.
Approximately 10 minutes (5.5 mi)
1. Head west on BIA Hwy 32 toward CC Yards Rd
2. Arrive at location: Charging Buffalo Facility
**Allen Youth Center, Allen, SD
About One Spirit http://nativeprogress.org/en
ONE Spirit is a Native American service organization founded to assist and support American Indians. We are proud to think of our organization, ONE Spirit, as a group of people who exchange friendship with American Indians. At present, our focus are the Oglala Lakota in South Dakota. We invite you to become part of ONE Spirit's network of sponsors, partners, friends and volunteers, to dream with the Lakota people a new dream - and to help the dreams come alive!
We help the Lakota meet their basic needs and provide a culturally rich life for their youth. Our programs promote an intercultural relationship that recognizes that we are all related and that American Indians are an equal and valued part of our society. The goal of all programs is to reduce or eliminate hunger, to replace the high drop out and suicide rates among youth with an enthusiasm for learning and a pride in their Lakota heritage, and to provide protection from the winter cold that can drop to 40 below zero.
To confirm attendance or get more details
Contact info: Jeri Baker (570) 460-6567, firstname.lastname@example.org
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