REQUEST: Travel Assistance


I am a young indigenous woman living in the Finger Lakes Region, NY. I've made it my home the last 8 years, since I arrived for college, and it's been an amazing experience thus far, and I am beginning to create my life into something I want it to be, and not what others believe it should be. The struggle is real, my friends. The struggle of growing, and having faith in every moment is difficult but incredibly rewarding. I've been planning on and looking forward to this trip to North Dakota with my relatives here for over a year now, and have been doing everything in my power to make it happen. The reason I am going there is a personal one, we call it Sundance. The struggle I have faced in making things work in my favor is a good struggle because in the process, I have had to really look at my life, what I want, how I'm going to do it, and how it affects everything else in my life.

Every time I save up about $500 or so towards it, something happens where I need to use it. I have had to deal with things that I shoved under the rug and thought I could get away with over the years: Parking and Traffic Tickets, Bills, and in the process, got into a car accident and had to pay for the car repairs as well--essentially, stepping fully into adulthood. So, its been several times that I have had a significant amount saved up, and had to use it to "clean house". And the money aspect is just the surface. Also, I was adopted, and in the last couple of years, I have found my biological family, learned some things about my heritage and cultural background, and have changed my life to pick up the traditions of my ancestors who are mostly native to the Americas.

My trip to ND is part of this journey of claiming my culture, my spirituality, my self, so making this trip has great meaning for my life. The fact that so much has happened since I have had the intention to go on this trip to Sundance means that my intentions are good, and that things are going the way they need to, although it may seem the opposite. In this process, I've also found one of my passions, which is creating jewelry, specifically, beaded pieces, and feather pieces, and I'm picking up leather-working. It's been also difficult getting my stuff out there. It's all new to me, and learning how to present my work, and therefore myself, like I believe in it, and I feel that it is worth it, has been a difficult yet healing and empowering process in itself. I've made my life so that I have more time to pursue this passion, but it has also come at a price. So, I'm asking for help, for support, to help me get the funds I need for gas to make this 2.5 week trip to North Dakota,, food, and lodging. The other thing is, my car is in desperate need of service and I am using it to get there. So, anything helps at this point. I have been looking forward to this trip, and am doing something I'm not great at - asking for help and support, which is in essence, symbolic of faith- so that I can get to where I feel I need to go. The planned departure date is August 7th, and the amount that I am aiming to raise is $1,500. Thank you greatly.