We are pleased to announce that the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation has become a sponsor of the 2012 Reach The Rez program. We would like to thank the foundation for their belief and support of the 2012 Reach the Rez program. For more information on the Spirit of Sovereignty Foundation and the great things they are doing for Indian Country please visit their website at: http://www.spiritofsovereignty.orgRead More
We are proud to announce that the law firm of Galanda Broadmann, PLLC in Seattle, Washington has become a 2012 Reach The Rez sponsor! We are honored to have the support of Gabe Galanda and Anthony Broadman who offer efficient, large-firm quality legal representation to companies and tribal nations through their law firm. Learn more about the Galanda Broadman law firm by visiting http://www.galandabroadman.comRead More
We would like to acknowledge and thank Roxie Schescke and her company Indian Eyes, LLC for their support of the 2012 Reach The Rez program. Roxie Schescke also proudly serves the Association for American Indian Development as the chair of its National Resource Committee. You can learn more about Roxie by clicking “About” in the menu bar above and then selecting “National Resource Committee” and you can learn more about Indian Eyes, LLC by visiting their website located at http://www.indianeyesllc.com – Thank you Roxie!Read More
Indian Country Today Media Network
By ICTMN Staff October 29, 2011
The story can also be seen on the Indian Country Today website by clicking HERE.
The group Reach the Rez (RTR) has announced plans for its 2012 RTR “RISE” motivational tour, which will make stops at 48 reservations around the country and reach potentially 75,000 Natives. Reach the Rez was started in 2005 by the Cherokee rapper Litefoot and his wife Carmen Davis (Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa Cree), who is president of the parent organization Association for American Indian Development, and in that year traveled to 211 communities.
“RISE” stands for Revitalization, Inspiration, Sustainability and Empowerment. At stops on the tour, Indian leaders, entertainers, athletes and others speak and perform, delivering positive messages to the tribal communities. We spoke with Davis (who also runs the Native Style clothing line) about her thoughts on this latest leg of the journey to, as she put it, “inspire and empower our Native people and promote self-reliance and sustainability.”
Indian Country Today Media Network: Now that you’ve been doing this for a number of years, do you hear stories from people who say they were inspired by previous events?
Carmen Davis: Absolutely. We hear from people immediately after a Reach The Rez event is over; expressing to us what it meant to them. You can view the Reach the Rez Documentary film trailer on our website and see the impact its had on people. There are literally hours more of those kinds of testimonials from our Native people all over Indian Country. We still hear today, stories from people nationwide who were helped and strengthened through the messages of the tour back in 2005. In regards to lasting relationships, we are blessed with family on every reservation throughout the United States. And that’s not an exaggeration. To us, it is such an honor to be blessed with that much extended family across the country. It’s also very humbling to know that we have the support of so many people who keep us in their prayers and thoughts. It just makes us want to work harder.
There are people who come up to Litefoot and say, “You changed my life” and “thank you for the encouragement”. One of the most beautiful quotes came from someone who has been following Litefoot from the beginning and she is now a friend but she started out as a fan. Cherrah Quiett, Muscogee Creek Nation Council Representative, posted this to Litefoot’s Facebook page: “Thanks for taking us on this journey with you & speaking the same truths you have from the get-go. Thanks for keeping Tulsa on the map and representin Natives worldwide! I’ve been a fan for over 18 years & look forward to seeing what’s next. Much love brother.”Read More
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