We seem to be living in an era fraught with many emergencies.
Some are more serious than others, some are more real than others and, depending on one’s point of view, pose potential catastrophes. From political upheaval and polarization to international affairs to climate issues that may render everything else moot, and on and on: if you are not concerned, you are not paying attention.
On the Pine Ridge Reservation in the heart of a brutal winter, with some food aid cut off owing to governmental issues, shortages of fuel for heat, massive unemployment and hopelessness, drug and alcohol problems, the emergencies closest to home are real, dangerous, and immediate.
Winter is far from over in South Dakota and there are many more families asking for firewood to stay warm. The temperature is up to 1* as of this writing.
The pun is the last refuge of the challenged writer, but there it is.
This volunteer writer for One Spirit lives in the Rockies of Colorado at 8650 feet elevation, on lands that once belonged to the Arapahoe. It was the Arapahoe who gave the area near my home the nickname of “the place where the wind gets its revenge.” This winter, this is not an inaccurate characterization. In fact, pretty much every year sees winds continually blowing nearly all the time from late October to May.
Actual temperature this morning- not including wind chill.
One Spirit is looking for people to fill the most trusted position of Area Service Coordinator. These good people work directly with the Lakota families that we serve and will need a cell phone and computer (be computer literate) and can work from anywhere in the world.