Upon getting back to California, I’ve remained committed to staying close and seeing my mom through her most difficult period of mourning; I think being close is about the only thing to do about it. Time heals, but only if you stay open to the process; mom has done this beautifully. Before the mission became halted by my Nani’s end journey, I had launched a Go Fund Me and was racing to get the year funded before the Longest Walk. Since that time… so many blessings, such progress!
The Longest Walk has ended… in fact, those walkers were so successful in their data collection efforts that the Walks’ goals were fulfilled early!
Though I didn’t get to finish the Walk with them, or even start, I’ve been able to make some great progress from home – our little project has grown!
- A true advocate and change maker, Jillian Deganhart, has joined the effort to lend her passions and skills, as an educator and artist, toward amplifying the impact. She’s joining the mission from her most recent adventure of teaching abroad in Brazil, one of many beautiful, amazing things she has gotten done lately!
- We’ve partnered with the perfect organization to combine efforts and grow with! Arming Sisters: Re-empowering and reawakening the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health of indigenous communities through self-defense. Imagine this… they are in need of what most of the indigenous focused orgs I’ve found need… resources! Inside Philanthropy has identified that native orgs just don’t get the funding and it has also been one of my greatest takeaways in working to fund this project since the beginning of the year; I have found it to be disappointingly true. This then is one of the most pertinent issues for us to resolve before we can create real impact. It’s the one which must be solved before we can even teach self-defense and this is why I’m so excited over the next two updates!
- The funding for this years Tour has been fulfilled thanks to the St. Agatha Fund for Health, Happiness and Freedom, which is meeting the start-up costs of this most impactful endeavor! Named for the late, beloved, Mrs. Agnes Peterson who was an angel on this earth for all who knew her, St. Aggie they called her, and the miracle dog, Agatha, St. Aggie we call her, who found her way into the Peterson home a short time after Mama Peterson’s passing; this giant chocolate lab, defying what many would think possible, fills her shoes by saving the lives of those around her. Bless those Peterson’s.
- Sustaining funds will be met through our partnership with the Native American Tea Company! They’ve been sharing the stories and healing wisdom of our native ancestors through tea recipes since the 80’s. Their standards for quality are strict and uncompromising. They’ve impacted their local Sitting Bull College and Lakota community greatly through the social innovation of their business and they are excited to amplify their impact by supporting our mission. Through our Nations Rising Tea Program casinos, businesses, museums/non-profits, and individuals are empowered to leverage an existing cost into the sponsorship of a local Arming Sisters program.
The 2018 Tour of Hope will commence this coming August for the specific purpose of matching communities that need an Arming Sisters Self-Defense program with the local resources to fund it so that every indigenous nation in need has that education close and available.
We’ll be taking the time to do things right from the ground up. These days, to start something new is usually to create an “acceptable” amount of negative impact justified by the positive intention of the solution. This is an unacceptable, unsustainable norm and so we’ll go forth in a most intentional manner to fulfill the purpose of the Tour while protecting, not sacrificing, the Environment – we will follow the practical guidelines of this amazing resource as closely as possible to be ever positively impactful socially, economically and environmentally. We’re biking it! Yep, we will be traveling by clean, human-powered bicycles, off-grid and with zero waste.
Our team is hard-working, service-oriented and a living abundance of passion and skillsets … from one mission will come many complimentary opportunities for us to leave each community better; with self-love and self-advocacy strategies like mindfulness, cooking, writing, creating art, and also growing fresh, healthy food where there is none we will be the change we wish to see, we’ll be doing what we love and loving what we do.
*2018 Tour of Hope Dates
4 -7 Seattle, Arming Sisters home base
24 -27 Yountville, Suscol Intertribal Council
30 – September 3 Hungry Valley, Numaga Indian Days
14 -16 Novato, Native American Trade Feast
28 – October 1 Newhall, Hart of the West
5 – 8 Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Chumash Inter-tribal Pow Wow
11 – 15 San Bernardino, San Manuel Pow Wow at Cal State
25 – 27 35th Annual Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow
*subject to change
This post is dedicated to my Nani. She would have been an 86-year-old today – I just want to share my gratitude to our Creator for bringing her here, for the life she gave to this family of strong women and loving men, for her life, for return – so full of grace and humility, for all the lessons, for her last lessons – so powerful, they will last me the rest of my days.
Just one year ago the whole family trickled up to her 3rd floor apartment in Colorado, day after day for a week to give her surprise, after surprise, after surprise Birthday wishes! Oh, how time is our truest gift! The amount is unique to each of us – my wish for you is that none of your minutes are wasted.