Published November 2, 2016
TAHLEQUAH – The Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council and Cherokee National Youth Choir are taking donations until Nov. 9 for clothing and snacks to send to youth camping out at Standing Rock, North Dakota.
The items being collected are new or gently used hoodies, scarves, gloves, socks, blankets and snacks such as crackers, nuts, cookies and beef jerky.
“There are thousands of Native people, including youth, who are camping out in North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe this winter. The hope is to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built that threatens the tribe’s water supply and sacred burial grounds,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The youth of the Cherokee Nation and our administration as well, want those water protectors, who are raising a voice for all tribes, to have the supplies that they need as the temperatures at the campsite continue to fall.”
The Cherokee Nation will deliver the supplies to the Sacred Stone campsite later this month.
“Since we may not all be able to drive up to North Dakota to show our support against the Dakota Access Pipeline, we wanted to show that we can still help the water protectors in other ways,” said Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council member Amari McCoy, a freshman at Carl Albert State College. “An important mission of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council is helping our tribal communities and being active in important issues affecting Native Americans and Native youth.”
The deadline for donations is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Drop off locations include Cherokee First at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah, the administration office at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, the administration office at Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee and the computer lab at Vinita Health Center.
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