Greetings! My name is Dakota Eagle. I am a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. I grew up in Cannonball, North Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation. Currently, I am just one semester of student teaching away from obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. The main reason I decided to pursue a teaching degree is so that I can give back to my community by building lasting relationships with my students and their families. As I grow closer and closer to graduation, I remember why I started this journey in the first place. I am reconnecting with my community through service projects. I have recognized a major need in the community. The number one issue I hear arise over and over is the lack of activities and opportunities for youth to be involved in. With your help, we can create opportunities for youth to explore a trade while providing activities for their peers. Basketball and volleyball are two of the most loved sports on Standing Rock. Many communities lack the proper infrastructure to provide space for these activities. In Cannonball, the outdoor basketball courts are the hub of the summer. That said, they are also in dire need of some TLC. The concrete is currently shifting, causing a major safety concern. Although the youth see the danger in playing on the uneven surface, this rarely keeps them from starting a pick-up game of basketball nearly every day. A group of Native American youth ages 12-24 are partnering up with a local construction company called Ideal Construction & Contracting (ICC) to update the basketball courts, build a regulation sized volleyball court, and create a recreation area that includes shelters and picnic tables in Cannonball, North Dakota. ICC is an Indian-preference company that was created with the goal of providing sustainable, affordable products for Native American communities while also creating jobs on the reservation. ICC owners, Dicky Toledo and Jorge Rodriguez, have offered an in-kind donation and will be cutting all labor costs for this project. We are asking that you consider the impact that these facilities will have on the Native American communities of Standing Rock. With your donation to this project, we can create an opportunity for learning community members to learn a trade all while encouraging an active lifestyle from a young age. If you would like more information on the community, the project, or how you can help, please contact me at 701-595-6332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your generosity is appreciated!