Water is a fundamental, human right. But for the first peoples of America, it is not a guarantee. For the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the challenges include not only overcoming poverty and food insecurity, but for far too many, access to clean potable water.
When Running Strong for American Indian Youth® was founded and incorporated in the late 1980s, among our very first priorities was working to provide water to families living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; first by the truckload, later by digging hundreds of deep-water wells, and presently through our Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) water line connection program.
Today, more than 30 years later we are on the verge of completing the monumental task of providing running water to every household on the reservation.
Access to clean, running water should be safeguarded for ALL people, including the tens of thousands that live on Native American reservations. Will you raise your hand to support this vital work?