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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Collection for Crow Creek Indian community to be held Sept. 11-12

  • In 2010 and 2011, collections were held to help provide items for those living on some of the poorest American Indian reservations in the country; many have asked Clara Friese, who coordinated the first two events, when she was planning on doing it again....
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  • In 2010 and 2011, collections were held to help provide items for those who were in need and were living on some of the poorest American Indian reservations in the country. Since the most recent collection was held many have asked Clara Friese, who coordinated the first two events, when she was planning on doing it again. The answer is this year. After taking a few years off, the collection is being held again this September, and Friese is hoping those in the community are willing to give as much, or more, than they have donated in the past. The Crow Creek Reservation is located in the middle of South Dakota, and Friese made a connection with some of the residents of the community last year when the annual Dakota 38 riders came through the area. It was at that time she felt the pull to hold a collection for them. According to Roxanne Sazue, Crow Creek community chairperson, there is certainly a need for help among the people living there. “We were asked by Clara if we were interested in having donations brought out to help the people here,” Sazue said. “I said ‘sure.’ We have a high rate of unemployment, and there are not a lot of jobs. We have been feeling the impact of a down economy here for a long time.” Sazue said the reservation is made up of three districts across South Dakota, and there are about 3,000 who call the community their home.
    Sazue said the community is made up of a good mix of people, adding anything people are willing donate is going to be much appreciated. The collection in Redwood Falls is actually going to take place Sept. 11-12 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day, with donations being accepted in the Tersteeg’s parking lot. “This is a good project, and we are in support of it,” said Dennis Prescott, Lower Sioux Community tribal council chair. Friese expressed her appreciation for the support of the Lower Sioux Community, which has offered a financial donation as well as volunteers during the collection days. Prescott recalled days when the Lower Sioux Community struggled and others helped with donations. “We just want to be able to help someone else,” he added. “We want to encourage everyone to get involved.” According to Friese, everything from clothing to furniture and school supplies to bikes can be donated, adding cash donations can really make a big difference. “It takes each and every one of us to complete this journey of mission work,” said Friese. “We are grateful for all that you do to help us collect and distribute your donations.” Cash is also needed to help support hauling the trucks to the Crow Creek community. Those who are interested in making a cash donation or want to know more about serving as a volunteer during the collection days, can contact Friese at (507) 637-5108.

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