Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am writing you to let you know my situation. I have about a thousand bucks left for living expenses and a gift from a donor is slow coming. I am scheduled to do a music camp on the rez in October, and I probably need 2 things. 1) expenses for the camp and 2) living expenses. 

Just so you will know, here's what I have done in June and July:

Attended 6 major Lakota cultural events (Sundances, etc) in which my presence was honored by elders

Co-directed 1 Rodeo Camp were 100 Lakota family members and at risk youth attended

Helped direct 1 immersion class on Rosebud Reservation

preached and raised funds in 10 church services

performed 19 concerts which included 7 centers for elderly and disabled (at no cost yet)

As you can see, I've been busy. No pressure, but we "have not cause ask not" and I don't want to be absorbed by a FT job if the Lord wants me me to maintain a major presence among the Lakota. Couldn't have done it without you.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Camp Video

Again, some of you might not be aware of where I am working so this video depicts the very Lakota youth I work with, the people I co-direct the camps with (Shane and Noella RedHawk) and the camp (2014) in which we had the reconciliation experience between the Custer family and other Little Big Horn warrior descendants. My donate button is to the right of this blog. Thanks for your support!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Corky's Update August 2014

Hey everybody!

As things are unfolding here in South Dakota, I wanted to give you a sneak peek into what my year (into next year) is looking like. I'm in the middle of Sundance season out here in Lakota and boy, have I been getting my eyes full and learning a lot. I have only been in South Dakota since June 12 and have already been honored in great ways as the leaders have been opening their homes and hearts to me. Here's what my schedule will kinda look like:

Basketball Camp
Mission SD
Rodeo Camp
Mission SD
Rosebud Immersion Course
Mission SD
Rodeo Camp
Mission SD
Family Camp
Music Camp
Mission SD

This does not include another Native American camp that I will probably be helping to direct and it does not include any course I might be able to develop or teach for any seminary. I am going to try to go to Virginia and Alabama each quarter to see my family. Tickets home look like $450-500. These camps cost from $3,000 to $5,000 to put on. I will soon have detailed budgets, because I am applying to a couple of foundations for support. The music camp is coming up soon and I will be teaching guitar along with Lakota musicians teaching other instruments. These events serve at risk Lakota youth in the second poorest neighborhood in America having a 87% unemployment rate. Thanks to those of you that have asked how I was doing and sent support. Please let me know how I can answer any questions and THE DONATE BUTTON IS AT THE UPPER RIGHT OF THIS BLOG. IT GOES TO PAYPAL. If you prefer to mail a check, make it out to: Jack Alexander 1516 N. Maynard Lane Sioux Falls SD 57110. Love to all!