When I began research for the Lakota Moon series I ran across a website that deals with donations for the people of Pine Ridge Reservation. Reading further, I discovered this place in the center of our country is one of the poorest places in the nation, and like a 3rd world country in some respects. It made me ashamed to be an American, for the first time in my life. I cannot imagine children who have no school supplies, people without winter coats, families who know hunger—not here in the USA.
I bookmarked the sites that pertained to this and kept up with the issues, eventually joining and contributing to their drives. Anyone who is interested in helping, may go to their site at: http://www.friendsofpineridgereservation.org/.
While there have been innovations and changes recently that the Lakota have taken to improve their lives, such as small business development, there is a long road ahead and my hope is that others will see their efforts and be willing to assist.
The Lakota are a proud people and the only Native American Nation to withstand the onslaught of the pioneering whites. They drove the white man away, thanks to Red Cloud and Crazy Horse's leadership, and until the 'goons' in Washington broke the treaties and sent troupes in, they remained free on their lands.
My social conscience was stricken heavily by the horrible conditions these people live with and it boggles the brain to think of the money spent on foreign wars when we have so much need right here.
When you read my books—and I wish you will—you will hopefully glimpse the true people of the Nations. They are a treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge we've only begun to tap.
Diane Davis White
From the Heartland
I grew up in Southern California, but now reside in the wide open spaces of the North Central Plains.
I love taking pictures of storms, sunsets, sunrises, trees and cloud formations.
They inspire me when I write, which I do mostly for the pleasure of it.
When someone tells me they like my stories, I am overjoyed!
My genres include Western Historical, Regency, occasionally contemporary romance, and a bit of whimsical fantasy.
You may contact me at Diane@DianeDavisWhite.com