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This March, I will be traveling to South Dakota with students from Columbia to work with Habitat for Humanity. We\'ll be building/renovating a house on a Native American Reservation. Please help support these students in their service work!

We are Columbia University students interested in political action and community service and we will be volunteering on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota this March. We will be doing service work through the Columbia University Office of Student Group Advising and a Habitat for Humanity organization called Okiciyapi Tipi, which was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. Our program aims to provide simple, decent, and affordable housing to the people of Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, and our particular group will be working together to construct a home for a specific family in need. We seek to connect with the Cheyenne people not only by repairing houses and physically improving the quality of life on the reservation, but also by building relationships with the family communities of the tribe and gaining a greater understanding of Cheyenne culture, spirituality, and history.

South Dakota is home to some of the poorest reservations in the United States, and in Cheyenne River, 180 families are waiting for a Habitat home. In these difficult economic times Habitat for Humanity’s Okiciyapi Tipi’s program is receiving fewer donations. This opportunity to travel to South Dakota will allow us to work towards the goal of a brighter future for the Cheyenne people. We hope that the trip will give us both a greater understanding of the situation and the ability to bring our experience back to New York to raise awareness in our own community.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would join us in our work to help the Cheyenne nation by making a direct donation to our trip or by donating a gift certificate to your establishment to aid us in fundraising for our travel to South Dakota. More information about the program can be found at http://www.othabitat.org/about.html. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please let us know as soon as possible whether this is feasible.
 

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