RezAction goes to AMP
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RezAction leaders Micah Lott and Willow Pingree have joined more than 400 other organizers and activists from across the Pacific Northwest for three days of training and networking at AMP, the annual camp staged by Western States Center.
There they’ll learn skills that will help them work to bring positive change to the Wind River Reservation and build social justice in central Wyoming – and across the state.
Getting there was no easy job. Western States Center provided scholarships that will pay half the more than $400 in tuition and room and board charges. The ESPC has supported them with air fare. But RezAction members helped raise the rest of the necessary funds.
They’ve reached out to faith organizations, particularly, including the Wyoming Association of Churches and its members.
“I am impressed with the volunteer work they are doing (on and around Wind River) with so few resources to make meaningful changes for their people,” said Chesie Lee, director of the Wyoming Association of Churches (WAC). “They are making a difference on issues that matter, like developing pride for their communities and get-out-the-vote.”
RezAction conducted a march in Riverton on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last January to raise awareness of tribal members in the community and Fremont County. The day culminated with speeches by Rep. Patrick Goggles and other tribal leaders, including Lott. An Earth Day action brought the group together to do trash clean-up in three reservation communities during which they handed out information to residents pointing out the need to improve the reservation environment.
Doug Goodwin of WAC sent the group $116 in $2 bills. “There is a gentleman who insists on giving me offerings to use for people in need.” The donor is not rich. He works nights at a motel and has serious health problems, “but has a heart of compassion and sense of humor with his $2 bills,’ Goodwin said.
“The work that these youth are doing is important, they are mking a difference on the Reservation,” said Landerite Donn Kesselheim, another supporter from the ranks of WAC.
They’ll learn how to do more at AMP.