PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, S.D., June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- July 7, True Sioux Hope Foundation will host an innovative convening between Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe members and well-known family philanthropists to build bridges and advance progress in one of the most disadvantaged communities in the world.
Alan and Twila True, founders of True Sioux Hope Foundation, have assembled action-oriented philanthropists and companies to visit Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to provide critical aid and conduct community service activities while learning more about issues facing Native Americans. Pine Ridge, home to 35,000 members of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, is the poorest place in the United States. With unemployment rates at 90 percent, infant mortality close to 20 percent and an average life expectancy of 47 years for men and 52 years for women, its people face some of the biggest challenges of our time.
The event hopes to galvanize investment in a community that has been overlooked for too long. Philanthropists, representatives from the private sector, celebrities and other influential organizations are connecting to participate in the three-day gathering. The event includes members of True Sioux Hope Foundation, 100 family philanthropists (including members from the Family to Family coalition) and the Global Family Guild, (including founding partner Swati Mandela). Joining in support are celebrities Julia Ormond, Frances Fisher, Tonantzin Carmelo, Kimberly Van Der Beek, Zahira, and other proud partners of True Sioux Hope Foundation including Deseret Industries, Arizona State University, Leesa Sleep, and Thrive Market.
"As a Native American and a proud member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, it's my greatest honor to be able to create a path toward Nation Building for my tribe," said Twila True Founder and CEO of True Family Enterprises. "Life for me started in Pine Ridge, and I am grateful for those working to help my tribe acknowledge and release the pain of the past and create a brighter future. True Love is Charity in Action."
About Pine Ridge Reservation:
Pine Ridge Reservation is the home of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe and is the poorest place in the United States, with poverty rates and other statistics more commonly associated with Haiti, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The Tribe is the second largest and poorest of the 561 indigenous tribes. The True Sioux Hope Foundation supports Pine Ridge Reservation through sustainable programs in education, economic empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and critical aid for children and families. Founded by Pine Ridge Native, Twila True, True Sioux Hope provides critical aid and empowers Tribal Members to act in this culturally rich environment, positioning this generation of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe to reach their full human potential.
About Family to Family and Global Family Guild:
Family to Family is an invitation-only conference series comprised of prominent global families. In partnership with the Global Family Guild we make significant philanthropic impact in the world through entrepreneurial action.
SOURCE True Sioux Hope Foundation