Our Main Project: Books!

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Our mission is to get books into the hands of Lakota children.

Sending books to the children of Pine Ridge Reservation schools is still our number one project in addressing our mission. There is no public library on the reservation, except for the Oglala Lakota College’s Resource Center.

Since 2000 we have gathered and sent about 25,000 books to nine different schools. We do this because the school budgets usually allow for just curriculum books – there are limited funds for pleasure reading books. We believe pleasure reading inspires a child to dream of what he or she can do, or be.

In 2006 we added five health clinics and the juvenile detention center to our list of recipients. At the clinics, children get to take a book home and are encouraged to build their own library.

We work with wish lists provided by school librarians. Finding good, clean, enjoyable books is a challenge. We buy new and gently used early readers, picture books, chapter books, non-fiction for all ages, and current novels for adult patients in dialysis.

Preserving the
Lakota language!

In 2005 The Bitty Foundation awarded us a grant to record a series of children's books that were written in the 1940s by Ann Clark, a former school teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Written in both English and Lakota, the books have wonderful, simple, but long, animal stories about life on the reservation. The books were illustrated by Andrew Standing Soldier and translated by Emil Afraid of Hawk.

During the recording sessions Lakota speakers were used as readers - the books were recorded as they were written, in both English and Lakota.

We have donated complete sets of the CDs with books to nine schools of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and one school at Standing Rock Reservation.

Books and CDs are for
sale on Our Store page

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