October 2016 SOARRING Trip to Standing Rock, North Dakota
Joseph Standing Bear Schranz and a small contigent of SOARRING members drove to North Dakota to deliver items we purchased with money collected for the No DAPL issue at the Pow Wow. SOARRING purchased a 12×12 heavy duty outfitter tent, with a stove to heat/cook inside, as well as the floor, roof protector, and vestibule which attaches to the tent for
storage (purchased at Cabelas.)
They also took a couple dozen ski gloves and boxes of hand and toe warmers purchased from Costco. Although this is just a dent in the need to get the camp ready for winter, we believe it made a difference. Thanks to the generosity of our members, supporters, and a donation from the Grand Village of the Kickapoo Pow Wow and our Harvest Pow Wow attendees! We collected an additional $308 at our center and added it to the funds for the Standing Rock Heater and Medic Council. This donation was added to their funds SOARRING thanks everyone for their generosity.
#NoDAPL T-shirts For Sale
SOARRING continues to sell #NoDAPL T-shirts with the Midwest SOARRING Foundation logo. They are available for sale at our Cultural Center located in Lockport, IL. We are offering a MSF member discounted price of $20. Please call ahead for center hours at 708.257.4300.
SOARRING Christmas Tree at the Cantigny Mansion Wheaton, IL
At the Cantigny Musuem mansion in Wheaton, Illinois Friday, November 18 through December 29, the McCormick Museum featured seven “Community Trees,” each decorated for Christmas by a different local nonprofit organization. The area charities were invited to participate because their missions involve issues or causes that were important to Robert McCormick during his career and life at Cantigny. Midwest SOARRING Foundation was honored to be asked to decorate one of the trees and is thankful to the Robert McCormick Foundation for being chosen to participate. The SOARRING tree was beautifully decorated with Native themed ornaments and received many, many compliments. Each participating organization received a $2,500 grant from the Robert McCormick Foundation. Museum visitors are encouraged to visit the museum, enjoy the tour, and vote for their favorite tree.
Additional SOARRING Events
SOARRING enjoyed a full calendar of events this fall including:
- A Bison Blessing at Lord’s Park in Elgin, IL
- A sponsored presentation on Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness given by Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
- A Holiday Open House and Native American Market in November, held for 2 Sataurdays at the SOARRING Cultural Center
- A drum circle and story telling session with Ron Kanutski, Cultural Consultant from Thunder Bay Ontario
- And a volunteer appreciation dinner and Annual Member’s Meeting and Holiday Party at the Pilcher Nature Center in Joliet, IL.