Help Save Lakota Babies' Lives

 IndieGogo campaign to raise funds for a new home for the Lakota Healthy Start Program on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation needs more than $24,000 in donations by January 26 to meet its goal.

The program aims to drastically reduce the death of babies on the reservation, which is devastated by an infant mortality rate 300 percent higher than the national average. The program works to achieve this change by providing emotional care, nutrition, education and Lakota values to young at-risk moms and their newborns and children.

But many challenges have stood it their way. In December 2011, the program lost its first office due to high levels of asbestos. Then the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board placed it in a mold-infested trailer with holes. When that situation proved unacceptable, the program moved into the storage room behind a video store. Recently, the Indian Health Service deemed the room unfit due to the threat of the Hanta Virus.

Help has already come from the Dahlin Group, an architectural firm with offices throughout California and China, which has agreed to work with Henry Red Cloud, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE), to develop to the new building to house Lakota Healthy Start. LSE is a Native-owned renewable-energy company created in 2006 by Red Cloud with nonprofit partner Trees, Water & People. It is dedicated to reducing pollution and fostering a sustainable lifestyle using modern-day technology and traditional Lakota values.

Read more about the program in Indian Country Today Media Network: "Lakota Moms and Babies Need Help: Support Lower Infant Mortality Through Healthy Start".

To donate to the cause, visit IndieGogo.com/projects/268593.


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Responses to "Lakota Healthy Start Needs Support To Continue Helping Moms and Reducing Infant Mortality"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Idle No More!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where is our government on this? Better we send money to almost every country in the world than help our own!

  3. Idle No More indeed! I want to help. Email Steve@WispaFlutes.com. This must be corrected immediately. Fed up!

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