UW Student Organization Aids Lakota Reservation
November 30, 2009 — The University of Wyoming student Wyoming Anthropological Association is organizing a new toy and new clothing drive for children (ages infant-18) of the Lakota Reservation in South Dakota.
"If people donate $5 or drop a new toy or new clothing into a donation box, we will be able to provide the children of the Lakota nation with a memorable Christmas," says Kele Johnson, WAA president.
Donation boxes are in the lobby of the Anthropology Building, Room 113 of Ross Hall, the Geology Building and inside the non-traditional students lounge in the Wyoming Union. The new toys and clothing should be donated by Thursday, Dec. 10. WAA members will take the donations to the reservation Dec. 12.
"Whether you agree with the reservation politics or not, this is about children, not politics," says Johnson. "These little ones deserve to have a joyful holiday."
Last year, the WAA led a food and winter clothing drive after the Lakota reservation was hit by a blizzard.
"The university and the Laramie community responded overwhelmingly and we were blessed with enough donations to fill a 17-foot U-haul truck and a suburban with food and warm winter clothing for the people," says Johnson.
Johnson says the Lakota Reservation death rate is the highest in the United States and the situation there is "extremely dire."
For more information, call Johnson at (307) 742-6007. Financial donations (made out to Wyoming Anthropological Association) should be sent to:
Wyoming Anthropological Association
Attention: Kele Johnson
University of Wyoming Anthropology Department
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071