You may be aware that the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe in South Dakota. What you may not know is that the unemployment rate on Pine Ridge is 70%, and the average household annual income is only $3,800.
Winters on the Great Plains can be extremely harsh— actual sub-zero temperatures for days at a time with the wind chill even much lower — and those frigid temperatures make life very dangerous, particularly for children and the elderly, especially when there is no money to pay for the propane truck to fill up their tank.
In our mission to provide a “hand up,” not a handout, our emergency Heat Match program matches, dollar for dollar, to help ensure families have electricity and propane to protect them from the bitter cold.
Every year since 1997, we have helped thousands of Oglala families to be able to provide life-saving warmth for their children and themselves, and with your help we can again this year. The time is now to make your contribution.