Winter is coming. Every day in camp preparations are being made for the coming cold weather. Lodges are being built, provisions gathered and stored, winter clothes and blankets distributed to all who need them. We will require much more to keep everyone in camp safe and warm. North Dakota winters can be especially brutal.
We have a list of items still needed for our winterization effort. This list is dynamic and changes as we meet certain needs and others arise. Please consult the list if you want to donate a specific item.
The sacred fire must be kept burning until it is guaranteed the water is protected for future generations. One of our greatest needs for the winter will be wood. It warms our lodges, cooks our food, heats the stones for our sweats.
Tipis, winter liners, and poles
Yurts or other winter worthy structures
Warm lodges will be essential to the Water Protectors health and well being. The Camp is scrambling everyday to winterize and prepare for the cold weather. Help with a warm hearth is still needed.
Blankets, winter sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cots
There is a reason a warm wool Pendleton or Hudson Bay Co. blanket is a highly valued traditional gift, warm blankets are essential to survival in North Dakota winters. We still need more warm sleeping gear.
Insulated boots and other cold weather clothing
Insulated gloves, work gloves
Many Water Protectors arrived in camp during the warm summer months, with gear for warm weather. We had hoped this would be all resolved by now, but the drive of greed is strong. Now we must gear up for winter, all manner of winter clothing in a variety of sized is still required.
Bulk Food Supplies
Generous support has poured a healthy volume of food for the Camp over the summer. Those are dwindling or expiring. A wide range of [freeze-dried] foods will need to be stockpiled for the winter. More supplies are required to survive a this winter.
Heating Stoves for tents
Although we endeavor to minimize the carbon footprint of the Camp through utilizing solar and wind generators, and a recycling program, we also must be mindful of our impact on the local tree population. Therefore we ration the use of wood for fires and use propane in the kitchens. The kitchens provide three meals everyday for many in Camp.
Hay and Hay Bales (Except Roberta and Greg will NOT have room for hay!)
Horses are a central part of Lakota/Dakota/Nakota life and culture. Horses live in the camp in the traditional way, close to the people. Much hay must be stored to properly care for our relatives, the horses.
Square Straw Bales
Pellets and Pellet Stoves
Solar LED Lights
Material, Ribbon, Thread
Phone Cards – StraightTalk, Verizon
Snow Vehicle – For Medic
Snow Plow for Camp Roads
Sage, Cedar, Herbs
ATV’s – Security
Small Snowplows, Snow Shovels
Shovels, Axes, Malls
Lumber / Building Materials
Goggles – Security
Cell Signal Boosters
Laptops & Portable Printers
Solar, Solar Chargers
GoPros (For filming actions for the safety of Water Protectors)
We appreciate the many items people have already sent over the summer. Now our preparations and requirements have changed. Everything is focused on preparing for the winter. Items we no longer need:
No more school supplies, your generous help has fully stocked our school.
No summer tents.
No light summer clothes.
Cash donations are acceptable, and will be used for needs at the camp fairly and equitably. This is a traditional Lakota Camp, everyone’s needs are shared and met by all. You may donate cash the following ways:
If anyone is taking stuff to this drop off from Altadena/Pasadena area, please let me know!!!
LIVE MUSIC by: Dorian Wood; Simone White; Niko Antonucci
SPOKEN WORD by Jeanette Austin
ART with Sarah Boehmke
BAD POETRY with Roberta Morris
Drinks and food available by donation. Information about important initiatives will be available also. For more information, see the event’s national website. If you’d like to volunteer to help with our event, contact Roberta Morris.
Photo: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times
Mollie Lowery, a friend of homeless people across Los Angeles, founder of LAMP Community, and Ocean Park Community, died Monday July 25th (http://www.lampcommunity.org/). LAMP is featured in Steven Lopez’s book and the film, The Soloist (2009) that tells the story of one journalist who befriends one homeless person, and how both their lives are changed. We can all do this.
Mollie showed us how. She started out as a Catholic nun, became Episcopalian and remained a tireless advocate for the homeless, working on their behalf even in her last days. Now, in Mollie’s memory, let’s make each other’s acquaintance. If every housed resident in LA made the acquaintance of one homeless person in our neighborhood or where we work, every homeless person would have more than 80 friends, if only every housed Catholic in LA befriended one homeless person each would have about 30 friends, and if only every Episcopalian made the acquaintance of one homeless person, every homeless person would have one or two housed friends. What difference would that make? Maybe it would soon change everything.
For years, Mollie Lowery, who worked tirelessly on Los Angeles’ skid row, also led the homeless mentally ill on treks through the Sierra Nevada mountains in the belief that nature can help people heal. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
Population of Los Angeles, 3,806,777
Population of Los Angeles-Long Beach 18,679,763
Number of homeless in LA: 47,000
Number of Episcopalians in Los Angeles: 70,000 members