Every year, thousands of Native youth have to brave the harsh Western winter with little to no warm clothing. For years Running Strong has aimed to provide impoverished American Indian children with warm clothing to help them through the winter. Last year, you helped us raise enough money to provide 3,275 new coats to Native families. Because of your continuous support, this year we were able to send 5,500 coats, 2,874 winter hats, 2,500 scarves and 2,500 pairs of gloves to American Indian families. What an increase! We sincerely thank you for your loyal generosity.
Record-Breaking Snow Storm Hits Pine Ridge
Last weekend a “thunder blizzard” hit the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The storm was a lethal combination of lightening, thunder, and wintry precipitation. Rapid City reported 19 inches of snowfall, breaking a 94-year old record for snowfall in the month of October. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation also recorded 19 inches in snowfall and as much as four feet fell in the Black Hills; amounts no one was prepared for this early in the season.
As a result of the unprecedented snow storm, thousands of cattle were killed, thousands of trees collapsed onto roads and homes, and several historic building structures were knocked down. Several parts of the reservation are still without power and heat.
Learn about our National Spokesperson and Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota)