Giving Tuesday 2020

The Sacred Pipe Resource Center is a Native-based non-profit serving the American Indian population in the Bismarck-Mandan area. We are very proud to be a responsive organization that has been able to respond quickly to the needs of the American Indian community. We focus on opportunities to support the Native community in engaging in the community around them.

Our philosophy is to create civic and community engagement opportunities for American Indian individuals, families, and youth—in order to create a voice for positive change.

In 2020 we concentrated on events and opportunities to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote civic engagement.

  • We began with a survey about community needs during the pandemic. Based on that information:
    • We created a project that provided hard-to-get cleaning supplies and food to families in need.
    • We held several on-line events to support positive mental health to combat the isolation the American Indian community reported feeling.
  • To encourage and support civic engagement:
    • We hosted events and opportunities to complete the 2020 Census and participate in Native Vote 2020.
    • We hired Native outreach workers to canvass and provide critical information to the American Indian community about WHY participating in the Census and Election 2020 was so important.
    • Despite the pandemic, we saw increased participation in both!

We are asking for your help to support and further this connection work.

While we do see more participation by Native community members, we realize that simple barriers sometimes inhibit involvement. These are the occasional financial and institutional barriers that may create crisis for community members—may even snowball to becoming detrimental—and that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During our six years of doing this work, we have seen how simple assistance can help support connection and engagement. This is the impetus for helping us create a funding stream with more flexibility than our usual grant projects.

The SPRC Wawokiye Oyate (Helping Nation) is a critical group of generous helpers who can support the efforts of American Indian community members to become engaged. We are inviting you to becoming a member of the Wawokiye Oyate by making a donation to help SPRC sustain our efforts.

SPRC has a strong record of being a good steward of resources and will administer these funds to the best of our ability. We believe in full transparency and will support your inquiries at whatever level is comfortable to you.

Thank you so much for your consideration of joining our Wawokiye Oyate. If you would like to visit further about any of our initiatives, please feel free to get in touch!

Cheryl Ann Kary, Ph.D.
Executive Director