2017 was a busy year at Mitakuye!
We gave out hundreds of prizes and awards for our Monthly Art Contests and Creators Club.
We sponsored the 500 mile Sacred Hoop Run with over 130 runners
The Hoye Wayelo Arts Intensives brought teachers from all over the globe to work with young Lakota Artists in the fields of Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Filmmaking, and Traditional Arts:
Check out the 2017 Summer Films here:
Lakota Lady Warriors: https://vimeo.com/242417125
The Institution: https://vimeo.com/242418054
We sponsored the Thunder Lake Boxing Club for Boys and Girls in events all over the region:
We launched our LIFELINE posters – designed by winners of the poster contest.
We did a Spring School Tour in schools across the reservation. We brought art opportunities, handed out prizes for our Art Contest Winners and Creators Club participants, and shared posters and information for the LIFELINE and other suicide prevention programs run by the BEARS.
We brought prom dresses and make up for kids going to prom!
We worked with the BEAR program to help get Pine Ridge Youth to the Unity Conference in Arizona:
Brian Sherman, one of the young people we mentor, was selected as a 2017 Running Strong For American Indian Youth DreanStarter! We helped Brian apply for the grant and developed a training program and curriculum for him to realize his goals of bringing dance to the Pine Ridge Reservation. We brought Brian to Los Angeles in June to train at studios all over Los Angeles and to receive his Zumba Certification so he can teach not only on the reservation but any where across the world.
And we are not done yet! Our New Year’s Safe Events for all ages will run from 6pm 12/31 to 6 am 1/1/18.
2018 is shaping up to be even more exciting! Thank you for all you do to help support these young people. Don’t forget to make your Year End Donations here: http://mitakuyefoundation.com/donate/