United States, Lakota Sioux
Teeem work in Pine Ridge Reservation
TEEEM Lakota is committed to working alongside Lakota community leaders on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Lakota culture is rich and strong on the reservation. The poverty they live in, rooted in historical oppression, does not define who they are; however, it does impact their quality of life. Our vision is to work in conjunction with the Allen Youth Center to provide day-to-day necessities. However, in the long run we hope that our projects help towards food sovereignty and Native American autonomy defined by employment, education, and good health. TEEEM Lakota’s first initiative is assisting Pine Ridge’s Allen Youth Center build a laundry facility so that individuals have access to clean clothing. This is an important first step towards eradicating stigmas associated with chronic poverty.
On January 23, 2020 at the Pascack Valley High School auditorium, TEEEM Lakota hired a hypnotist, John Cerbone, to put on a two and a half-hour performance where people in the audience could get hypnotized. From donations and bake sales, they fundraised a total of $3,816.36!
Students at Pascack Valley High School have been setting up booths to share inforamtion about the One Spirit club, TEEEM Lakota, and the needs of the reservation with their school community and the greater New Jersey community.
ALLEN YOUTH CENTER
TEEEM Lakota is focusing their efforts on supporting the Allen Youth Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Their goals are to help increase hygiene by investing in a laundry facility at the center.