Upon leaving for Standing Rock a year ago, I knew not what I needed support for. Now I do.
I refuse to let the sacred fire of Standing Rock to go out. Standing Rock represents the hope that lives on in the hearts of the indigenous peoples and the realization that their Ways no longer need to huddle as a fragile and lonely ember, dormant and fighting in every unseen way not to be extinguished. These Ways can thrive in this new world where injustices can no longer be swept under the many, in number and type, manufactured rugs of unruly, selfish power. Hope and Re-Empowerment will light away the darkness of the past.
Today, on the reservation where my relatives live, the publication A Case for Hope by Native Hope reports life expectancy is 48 years for men and 52 years for women, much less for the 15-25 year-olds who make up the 40% that die by suicide. One in three Native American women report rape. Assault and sex trafficking thrive without consequence for Sturgis Bike rally-goers and oil workers living in “man camp” barracks near the reservations; non-Indians cannot be prosecuted for any crimes committed on Indian reservations.
GoFundMe to launch soon!
In anticipation of your support when I left for Standing Rock, I created a page on my blog LindseyLouOnTheMove.org called Transparency for the purpose of communicating, fully and without any fancy manipulation, exactly how support is spent.
Regarding long-term support, I’m looking for partnership with organizations whose missional goals this project can help to achieve.
Need a bit more… Here’s the story of 2017.
I must do my best to spread hope and re-empowerment; this is why I must travel to the reservations to deliver a practical, powerful option of self-defense where I can. Many defense options require much time and money to master however the RAD systems option has grown up, grass roots through more than 4,300 school campuses and local police departments nationwide and internationally. RAD is a 3-day class that is offered for free across many campuses throughout the country – powerful and practical, but also flexible enough to be tailored to the time-honored values and culture of the people whom I must serve. Go to a class near you.
On February 16th, I will begin a walk across the country as a member of The Longest Walk 5.3 . As a group we will be fulfilling the final leg of a three-year campaign seeking solutions to drug abuse and violence and aiding the communities fighting these wars. The Longest Walk is in its 40th year of its mission to heal this country and its traumas of the past. This leg will begin in Blaine, Washington and finish in Washington D.C.
The Walk will be very meaningful for me. There will be many opportunities to introduce myself as a trustworthy advocate and RAD as a vehicle of hope and empowerment. When the Walk ends in Washington D.C. on July 14th, I will then have the opportunity to turn around and begin my work with the communities that have invited me to do so.
After introducing the program to these communities, I must replace myself by training and certifying the RAD graduates to instruct and keep the class available in their community.
Overview as of January 1, 2018
$10,000 Personal Stipend
$9,500 RAD and educational efforts (Education materials and simulation safety equipment)
· Mileage at $2.50 national average price per gallon of gas
· Additional operating costs at $222/month, a regional average as outlined in the IRS Collection Financial Standards
Year 1 Total Cost
$150 Individual Donors
$150 Total Income to Date
You are surely wondering about the possibility of success of this unknown girl, but it’s guaranteed; it’s been done before, I have many mentors and I have the kind of experience and grit it’s going to take. Most importantly, I’ve listened closely and this is my path.
· Upon first deciding to go to Standing Rock I went to a talk by Bobby Wallace of the Kumeyaay Nation, in San Diego. He had already been travelling to North Dakota regularly, delivering supplies from Southern California to North Dakota. He invited me to ride along on his next trip and has supported me ever since. He now leads The Longest Walk, successor of the recently passed Founder of the Walk and co-founder of AIM (the American Indian Movement, now in its 50th year), Dennis Banks.
· One of my closest mentors on the road to Standing Rock and on a daily basis at camp was Chief Goodwolf Kindness. He is a great friend whose lessons have gotten me to where I am now, ready to do this! He is the head staff carrier of The Longest Walk.
· RAD is the only self-defense program ever endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), National Academy of Defense Education, the National Self- Defense Institute (NSDI) and Redman Training Gear. The founder of RAD, Lawrence Nadeau, is a Marine veteran, retired police officer and shares ancestry with the first Americans as I do.
· I received my training and certification from Casey Wood, a RAD Staff Instructor. When I heard her story of spreading empowerment, inspired by the RAD way I knew this was the path. I’ll be so happy to attempt to walk in her shoes across Indian Country leaving a wake of victimless communities as she has across this country.
· Fearless Adventurer
From the time that I set out from high school to put myself through community college 1,200 miles away from home, I’ve approached fear as an indicator of something I should do. That simple paradigm allows me to overcome barriers, make decisions, prepare and commit to solutions which might scare some away…. like the time, out of disgust at the frivolity of sitting in gridlock traffic among mostly single occupant cars, myself included, I sold my car. Being a broke college student during a crushing $6/gallon gas crunch helped to convince me toward a more efficient downgrade: a motorcycle; having never ridden one in my life I took the three-day Safety Rider course and drove that vehicle as my sole means for many years as a student, cross-country as a graduate, and commuting as a solar sales professional.
In my short life, walking mindfully toward fear has gifted many adventures: getting to New Zealand, Australia and even Africa, skydiving, becoming PADI scuba certified, vagabonding cross-country and to Standing Rock, and standing ground with truly courageous peaceful protestors despite absolutely intimidating martial law tactics.
· Servant Leader
I served two years in Americorps, NCCC. I chose this road as the “gap years” between community college and Babson College. The diverse experiences I received have been cornerstones of servant leadership, leave it better than you found it, and work ethic; living on a food stipend of $4.50 per day, participating in 4am PT (physical training), living, working and traveling with a team of ten, responding to disasters such as tornados, floods and wildfires, and serving as a Fire Team Leader are things that I take forward with me in all that I do. Two-time Recipient Presidents’ Volunteer Service Award, Congressional Community Service Award and Segal Education Award.
Most recently I worked with the Founders/Owners of the 24-year-old organization, Wet and Wild. This team runs a summer adventure camp for 90+ children per day during the summertime. I fulfilled a lifeguard/counselor vacancy, keeping a handful of those energetic youngins 1. Safe and 2. Having the most fun Ever; I took on an additional role of transporting, maintaining and care-taking the camps equipment and assets through the summer including two months during their absence.
· Work Ethic
After graduating college I learned true grit teaching Southern Californians about the need for clean energy and the absolute practicality of it (finally!) as a sales team leader within a fiercely competitive residential, solar energy market. I started from the bottom and smiled on, through thousands of rejections, to become the company’s youngest team leader to hold the position in the region. My team and I quantified our success in millions of tons of greenhouse gases avoided and millions of dollars saved by families in utility bills.
Year two costs will need to cover the expenses of:
· Training and certification of local instructors and simulation “aggressors”: Instructor Trainer Development ($300) Basic Self-Defense Instructor Certification ($450), Replicating Adverse Dynamics (Simulation) Certification ($350)
· Simulation equipment that will stay within each community to be able provides classes with consistency: Redman Simulation safety gear for instructors and students (avg. $1000/suit)
Much Love, thank you for reading.