Tri-State Urban Native Emergency COVID-19 Fund

Tri-State Urban Native Emergency COVID-19 Fund

From Great Plains Action Society

We are fundraising for our urban Native community who may not have proper PPE and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sioux City is home to many off-reservation tribal members and also a national hotspot for COVID-19

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Update #1

5 months ago

We just got our first 100 masks from Sew You Care - Native American Indigenous Outreach (Facebook Group). Our seamstress is Sophie from Sunflower for Tofu out of Houston, TX. Thank you so much!

We have also had other masks donated by Masks for the Frontline. Marcia from Clear Lake, IA reached out initially to tell us about this Facebook Group as well and even shipped Trisha some sewing machine needles for her sewing machine so she could also make masks.

We look forward to seeing more masks come in from these two groups in efforts to help protect our community.

Thank you to EACH and EVERY one that has donated and supported this fundraiser. We are hoping to keep it up! Please share and support our urban Native community here in the Tri-State!

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We are a non-profit organization who is collaborating with the Urban Native Center and Dakota Health and Wellness on this fundraiser. We are located in the epicenter of the three states' national hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic. On May 27th, Sioux City Journal stated that data collected from The New York Times shows that Woodbury County is now the second largest national hotspot with Gallup, NM (Navajo Nation) being the highest. 

The major concerns for our urban native population is that we are also surrounded by meat packing plants and agricultural entities who are not mandated to report their employees test results to the general public. Most of their employees are members of the Native, indigenous, and immigrant communities. They live paycheck to paycheck and cannot risk losing their homes, transportation, and other necessities they need to get by. Most do not disclose their status in fear of losing time from work and having their status publicized via social media. Governors Kim Reynolds (IA), Pete Ricketts (NE), and Krisit Noem (SD) failed to put in a strict stay-at-home order since the beginning of this pandemic. They all now have chosen to re-open their states despite the increase in numbers and hospitals filling up rapidly.

Congress has failed to aid not only the Tribal Nations, but also the tribal members who live off the reservation and in urban areas such as our unique community. We are left with no other choice, but to ask help from other nations, communities, and organizations in hopes that we can provide the proper PPE and resources for our vulnerable populations. Indigenous peoples have the higest rates of substance abuse, suicide, violence, unemployment, and poverty in the country. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this only increases those numbers along with added stress.

With that, we are asking for donations so we can provide the basic hygiene necessities, proper PPE, and resources to help our urban native community alleviate stress that they are experiencing during this unprecedented time. We are open to actual items being sent, but would like to practice social distancing and encourage monetary donations as well. We are setting our first goal to $20K .To see a full list of items and more information about this particular fundraiser, please visit www.greatplainsaction.org/UNECOVID19

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***Zero percent of these donations will not be to benefit any or one organization who is collaborating together for the fundraiser.***

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5 months ago

Update #1

We just got our first 100 masks from Sew You Care - Native American Indigenous Outreach (Facebook Group). Our seamstress is Sophie from Sunflower for Tofu out of Houston, TX. Thank you so much!

We have also had other masks donated by Masks for the Frontline. Marcia from Clear Lake, IA reached out initially to tell us about this Facebook Group as well and even shipped Trisha some sewing machine needles for her sewing machine so she could also make masks.

We look forward to seeing more masks come in from these two groups in efforts to help protect our community.

Thank you to EACH and EVERY one that has donated and supported this fundraiser. We are hoping to keep it up! Please share and support our urban Native community here in the Tri-State!

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