GRANBY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL NATIVE AMERICAN OUTREACHGMHS is Headed toSouth DakotaApril 17-23, 2010A humanitarian team from GMHS is goingto be traveling to the Cherokee RiverIndian Reservation in Eagle Butte, SouthDakota. We will be working with Habitatfor Humanity to aid in the construction ofnew homes on the reservation. This tripwill compliment the 11th grade U.S.History class. Tribal Flag of the Lakota SiouxWhile there, we will be helping the LakotaSioux build desperately needed homes for The Lakota Sioux The Lakota Sioux Indians were the last to give up their struggletheir people. We will also be given a against the Americans in the late 1800s. They were a proudglimpse into this thousand year old people who were forced into one sided treaties with theculture and have an amazing opportunity Americans who in turn reneged on almost all of their promises.to partake in the Lakota traditions. In the mid 1800s, the tribe was given land that included theirWe are looking for a few corporate sacred Black Hills that stretched over parts of North and South Dakota and into Montana and Wyoming. When gold wassponsors to make this trip a sustainable discovered in the hills, the government asked them once again toreality. Please read through this packet move. This time they refused thus beginning the wars againstand think about a tax deductible donation them. During this struggle, General George Armstrong Custerto a worthy humanitarian cause. and his army were defeated by a combined force of Lakota Sioux led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.As always, we thank the community for The government sent in a large force to avenge Custer and forcedtheir support. Crazy Horse to surrender. Upon his surrender, the army executed him. Sitting Bull ﬂed to Canada with a small number of followers and returned to lead his people when things had calmed down. By this time the Lakota were living on a government run reservation that operated like a prison camp. On the reservation, the government told Sitting Bull to tell hisHabitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, people to stop performing a religious ceremony that they did notnondenominational Christian housing ministry agree with. Sitting Bull refused and for that, he was shot in hisfounded on the conviction that every man, own bed. The government then sent a small army to eliminatewoman and child should have a decent, safeand affordable place to live. Through volunteer Sitting Bull’s followers, which they did in the Massacre atlabor and donations of money and materials, Wounded Knee.Habitat and its homeowner families have builtor rehabilitated more than 350,000 houses. The Lakota have been living in squalor ever since.Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, racesand religions to build together in partnership. www.habitat.org
Rationale and Sponsorship OpportunitiesConditions on the Sioux SponsorshipReservations We Are looking for some corporate sponsors to help with the costs of this trip. This sponsorship •Median income is approximately $2,600 to comes with a number of different advertising $3,500 per year. possibilities.•97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line. 1. For a $500 donation, your business logo will •Lakota men have a life expectancy of less than be placed on our team banner that will be 44 years, lowest of any country in the World displayed during our community events. (excluding AIDS) including Haiti. Your business will also be listed on the •Lakota death rate is the highest in the United sponsorship section of our group website, States. made available to the community. Your business will also get a framed thank you •The Lakota infant mortality rate is 300% letter that can be proudly displayed to your more than the U.S. Average. customers.•One out of every four Lakota children born 2. For a $1000 donation, your business will get are fostered or adopted out to non‐Indian everything above in addition to your homes. company name and logo on a sponsorship section of our video that will be shown to the •Diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, etc. are community and circulated on the web. Your present. Cancer is now at epidemic business will also receive an engraved proportions! hardwood plaque announcing to your •Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the customers that you were a proud sponsor of U.S national average. this trip.•Many families cannot afford heating oil, wood 3. For a $1500 donation, your business will get or propane and many residents use ovens to everything above in addition to a short heat their homes. section of the video dedicated just to thanking you for your support. Your •Elderly die each winter from hypothermia business will also get to put its logo on the (freezing). homepage of our website with a clickable •1/3 of the homes lack basic clean water and link to your site. Your business logo will also sewage while 40% lack electricity. be placed on our group T‐Shirts that will be worn on our trip and during the community •60% of Reservation families have no events that we will host.telephone. 4. Any donations over $1500 will get •60% of housing is infected with potentially everything above and will be mentioned by fatal black molds. name as often as possible throughout our *The most basic need on the reservation is community events.decent housing! Thank you so much for your consideration. Any donations in any form will work towards fostering a relationship between your local high school youth and the Lakota Sioux people, building lasting philanthropic values in today’s youth.
GRANBY MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL NATIVE AMERICAN OUTREACH CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP FORMIf you are interested in being a corporate sponsor, please complete the following form.Company Name:_________________________________________________________Company Address:______________________________________________________ Street ___________________________ _____________ _________________ City State Zip CodeCompany Website:__________________________________________________________Contact Person:_____________________________________________________________Contact Phone:______________________________________________________________Contact Email:_______________________________________________________________Pledge Amount: $500 $1000 $1500 Other: $________________Please make checks payable to GMHS. Remember, your donations are tax deductible.Once your paperwork is submitted, you will receive an email from the outreach team. This email will contain more information about the trip and will have instructions on how to submit your company logo for display on our various advertising materials. If you do not have a digital copy of your company logo or would rather submit a paper copy of your company logo, please send that along with this form.We greatly appreciate your help and support as we go out and try to touch lives. You will be kept up to date of all of our activities.This form can be mailed to: GHMS Native American Outreach C/O Joe Jarvis 315 Salmon Brook Street Granby, CT 06035Thanks, The GMHS Native American Outreach Team