Good morning everyone,
I am writing to share the good news that WESPAC’s Friends of Turtle Island (the Native American term for the Western Hemisphere) is starting off the Fall renewed and re-energized.
Friends of Turtle Island would like to send Jalal Sabur and Surya Peterson to attend an important Treaty Gathering of the Sioux Nation in South Dakota in the middle of September. They will be traveling to Lower Brule in South Dakota to attend the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association Conference on Treaty Issues. The organization does not have a website but its Chairperson is Ron His Horse, Chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
The footage from the conference will be edited to make presentations to other Indigenous nations in the Western Hemisphere so that more Indigenous voices are heard in regards to treaty law and environmental conservation.
With permission from the elders, Jalal will film portions of the meeting that will be shared with other First Nations people both in North and South America so that more Indigenous voices are heard in regards to treaty law and environmental conservation. This will be the beginning of a sustained WESPAC initiative for the foreseeable future.
I had very much wanted to travel with them but my schedule at this time does not permit me to leave the office for four days.
I am writing to ask you two things: first if you have frequent flier mileage that you would be willing to donate to either Surya or Jalal so that they can attend this gathering. The airfare right now to Sioux Falls, SD is $650 minimum round trip.
Second, if you would be willing to make an outright contribution to help them with travel and accomodation while they are there. A contribution of any amount would be most appreciated: $10, $20, and so forth. You can make the contribution right now on our website with paypal http://www.wespac.org and tag it "Friends of Turtle Island"
With gratitude and appreciation,