Since 1995, Diversity Foundation (DF) volunteers have been filming & documenting hundreds video hours with Native American elders, sharing their publicly "untold" stories & little known chapters of American history. DF has also helped facilitate, film & photograph numerous intercultural reconciliation events across Southern Minnesota (ie Mankato, Winona, Rochester, Twin Cities, Wabasha, Pipestone etc) & majority Dakota/Lakota Indian Reservations across Great Plains & Canadian Dakota Reserves. DF's intent is to digitize & transform these "Living History" photo's & recordings into historic/educational documentaries for a wide variety of Native & non-Native audiences (ie schools, colleges, families, media & history centers, broadcast documentaries etc )
Recently during Covid19 Pandemic Crisis, The South Korean President Moon Jae-In's Govt & Embassy donated well over million KN95 masks, shields & sanitizers to US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs & Commander Loudner's National American Indian Veterans (NAIV) to Express South Korean Nation's Appreciation" to Legendary Navajo Nation's "WWII Codetalkers" (& other Tribal Codetalkers) who'd helped USMC defend South Korea during WWII & Korean War. I was honored when Commander Loudner called & asked me to help him coordinate & deliver over100,000 Covid-19 KN95 masks, shields & sanitizers to our Great Plains Indian Reservation's Tribal Veterans, elders & their families. Loudner is an 88 year Korean War Veteran, who recently had a stroke & can no longer travel, so DF agreed to help his NAIV deliver these masks. .. Not realizing then, this was another unpaid position & we'd need to cover own transport expenses, therefore we'd also need to raise funding to lease delivery trucks & cover our transportation expenses? Because the Covid-19 Virus is spreading even more rapidly throughout America's Indian Reservations, many living with overcrowded housing & inadequate Covid healthcare with extreme shortage of Masks. Hence DF's "Urgency" to raise the Immediate funding necessary to deliver these essential KN95 Masks & shields out to our Great Plains Reservations ASAP.
Over past 25 years, DF has helped coordinate & facilitate humanitarian relief drives, delivering numerous Semi trailers of used beds, furniture, clothes, food and other household items to Crow Creek & other economically disadvantaged Tribes....primarily donated from southern Minnesota churches & communities, Often Donors unaware, their present European Communities were Minnesota's same "Pre-European" lands, for millenia, known as "Dakota's Ancestral Homeland". Over past 2 decades, DF has also been partnering with USMC "Toys For Tots" program, annually delivering "Toys & Hope" to thousands of disadvantaged Native Youth & families from impoverished Tribes across N & S Dakota, Minn, Nebr & the Great Plains, where majority tribes have no TFT alternative. In 2019, as a USMC Native American TFT Coordinator, our DF was fortunate to have our Best TFT Year, delivering TFT to 17 tribes & approx 16,000 Native youth. There are several more underserved Reservations in Northern Minnesota, our DF would still like to include Christmas Toys & Gifts for their Native Youth & families as well. Our Diversity Foundation has Immediate need to raise funds necessary for DF to pay costs to lease TFT trucks, forklifts, storage, shipping & handling fees & other expenses to delivery our Christmas "Toys for Tots" to more Native Youth & Reservations this 2020 Christmas TFT Season. (See DF's 2019 TFT photos attached below)