Fund Christmas Project
Grace Smith Yellow Hammer is a Dineh (Navajo)
elder, who has lost her land due to the Hopi/Navajo partition. After having spend many years in California she returned to
find out her land was gone, her animals were gone, her clans were dispersed and devastated.
was chosen by he elders to be the eyes, ears and voice of her people to the United Nations and to the dominant community at
large. She would have liked to continue her way of life but the elders and medicine people told her, that one cannot turn
down being chosen to assist the people. After years of going to the United Nations and Geneva Human Rights Forum to speak
for her people the elders again asked her to help them.
of losing their land, and fighting to regain their land, Grace’s community lost many of their traditions and they had
nothing. They did not even have toothpaste, shoes, coats, decent food. Diabetes and illness skyrocketed.. Landless, losing
their territories, community roots, animals, the relocated Navajo were made refugees in their own land. The elders began to
lose hope, the children had no possibilities for the future. Children who had no decent shoes, winter clothing. This winter
Grace was just helping some young children who came to school without shoes or a belt to keep their pants up.
Navajo Nation does not have funds to help these people and the social services have been cut way back to finance other US
Grace Fund Christmas project is an attempt to find decent clothing so children
can go to school or seek work, have food for elders so they don't have to chose between heat and food, and most importantly
empower the people so they might have a sense of dignity to both go out into
the wider world and succeed in creating better lives for their families and communities, and to feel proud to return to the
traditional crafts like weaving.
cannot do this alone. She is asking for those who have much in the land of Turtle
Island to give something to help a proud people come back and have the basic resources to feed, clothe and educate their children,
find meaningful work, and begin the process of restoring community.
has been doing this project since 1991. Mostly on her own ,selling jewelry and weaving, with small grants from some committed
individuals Grace has carries this out, despite challenges to her health and financial well being
Christmas the Grace fund assisted 381 children, many of whom are being raised by single parents or grandparents.
Last year 11 children who have been helped since they were infants have graduated
from high school and have gone off to get decent jobs, and help their families in return. Grace says they are wonderful happy
Now in a time of need, we turn to you for your
help and support. We come upon the time of Thanksgiving. The first nations helped the original colonists survive the harsh
winter, will you return the favor?
you send a donation to the children of the Dineh? Will you help spread the word and tell your friends so they may have a chance
to help and make a great difference?
Tax deductible donations can be made out to
The Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources, 17 Jonet Lane, Bearsville, NY 12409. Please mark Grace Fund on the check.
100 % of the money is turned over to this project and is really used carefully and well.
if you are unable to make a donation at this time, please send a prayer and send this letter along to others who might be
able to help.
Thank you on behalf of all our relations.
the Mid Hudson United Religions Intitiative CC