Okay... so I'm going to shamelessly self promote my FAVORITE twilight characters Charity in the hopes to shed some light on everything he has done and continues to do for those on the Cheyenne River in SD.
As you are all aware... my absolute FAVORITE person on earth is Sam/Chaske... and this is why...
I was lucky and honored to meet him in person at a twilight convention back in July 2009 and had the opportunity to listen to him speak. He is very intelligent, handsome and has a heart of gold.
He could honestly care less if his acting career left him tomorrow, so long as while he was here he made a dent in this world and helped people in need. See... he's a charmer!
Chaske is a part of a fantastic charity called Shift the power to the people. www.shiftthepowertothepeople.org
Just some information about what he does:
To Empower people to create sustainable, lasting change in their communities and countries through:
Creating Awareness of the current issues and conditions
Creating Alternatives that promote Dignity, Justice, Unity, and Accountability
Taking Action that supports the creation of these alternatives
WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW:
South Dakota's Lakota Sioux- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe 2010 Crisis
February 1st, 2010 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has declared state of emergency after severe ice storm devastates reservation
Storm topples more than 3000 power poles
13,000 people without power, heat and water
WHAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED:
1. The water system is outdated and operating at capacity, leaving the tribe no room for economic expansion and preventing its housing authority from building new homes. This allocation would put a long-term solution in place and give the Lakota Sioux people an opportunity to prosper. Without water -- the most basic building block of life and society -- the people of the Lakota Sioux Reservation have little hope of impacting their situation in a way where they may prosper and thrive.
2. To explain the need for water infrastructure, since the late 1950's the tribe was forced to move from their original Tribal Head Quarters, known as the Old Agency on Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, which was located on the river bottom. The Tribal leaders during this time, built schools, hospitals and our own police department with tribal dollars. All is under water now. The book "Dammed Indians" shows how the Pick-Sloan Act forced tribal people up and down the Missouri River. This was done to make way for the Dam to make Hydro Power for the government, our precious resource of water is utilized to generate billions of dollars worth of electricity yearly, for the United States Government.
3. Currently, without a water infrastructure, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe cannot build new homes and cannot build on any new development. The system is keeping an impoverished nation, impoverished.
4. 86% Current unemployment rate
You can help by doing something so simple and so quick as texting betheshift to 66937 on your cell phones. This works with most cell phone providers and can be done all over the world. Just imagine how much help you can bring to people in need, by doing a simple task.
Again... this is near and dear to my heart and hope to make a difference as well.
Thank you for reading!
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