Hókahé is a Lakota word that means, roughly, Come ON!

Hau!

Welcome to my 5th annual Propane Drive! Last year we exceeded our goal, raising $4200 (click here to see last year's receipt) and providing propane for 28 homes and 475 residents of the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Reservation. This project has a direct and tangible impact. Thank you for taking action, year after year.

This year, once again, my fundraising efforts will focus on propane for Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Reservation residents. Residents are constantly forced to choose between food and fuel, a choice no one should have to make. My goal is to put propane into both the stoves and tanks of my people living on the rez. 100% of donations made will be going straight to a propane company run and owned by Lakota women in order to bypass the middle men, the 501c3s, the red tape strangled Tribal Councils and the incredibly limited federal and tribal heat assistance programs (such as LIHEAP) which typically run out three weeks into winter. I cover all costs including running this site, PayPal fees, printing and mailing thank you cards, etc. Every dollar you donate goes to buy propane!

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  • According to current USDA Rural Development documents, the Lakota have the lowest life expectancy of any group in America. The median income on the reservation is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year, with about 97% of people living far below the federal poverty line.
  • Heating and fueling just one house on the reservation can easily impact 2 dozen lives, as there are an average of 17 people per family home (with up to 30 in many houses).
  • 39% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation have no basic water, sewage system or electricity and lack basic insulation.
  • Please consider substituting a donation for one or more of your holiday gifts this year. If you are able to donate $25 or more, I'll send a personalized card recognizing the gift to whomever you choose.

    - Koja

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