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Mission Statement

For the Love and Glory of GOD,
People Serving People,

In Sharing the Word of GOD
By First Demonstrating the Love of Christ
as Guided by the Holy Spirit!
LAKOTA NATIVE AMERICAN OUTREACH

P.O. Box 1990
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
(605) 867-5028
VISION STATEMENT
 While recognizing that a great injustice has been imposed upon the Lakota Indian
Nation in particular, as well as other indigenous nations, groups, and individuals
around the world, our vision is that Lakota Native American Outreach be foremost
focused in working toward the restoration of unencumbered human dignity, which
will foster a perpetual spiritual freedom, that can only come from one Triune God
consisting of the Father, the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
STATEMENT OF INTENT

BACKGROUND
   Since Christopher Columbus’s arrival in 1492, and until 1890 when the US
government announced that the Indian frontier no longer exists, approximately six
million Native Americans died. Death resulted from diseases such as cholera and
smallpox, massacres by civilians and soldiers, relocation from ancestral homelands
to remote, isolated and desolate areas of the North American continent and the
dissemination of their culture.

   Between 1877 to 1890 Sioux leaders were systematically murdered, American
Horse (1876), Lame Deer (1877), Crazy Horse (1877), Spotted Tail (1881), Sitting
Bull (1890) and Big Foot (1890). The Sioux Nation was forced to settle on
reservations, buffalo herds were slaughtered to near extinction and law, loyalties and
foreign religions divided families. The Sioux, as with other Native American tribes,
were forced to become unwilling wards of the State, in effect, prisoners of a foreign
power. Two-thirds of the approximately 300 Sioux killed in the Wounded Knee
massacre were women and children, their bodies were found scattered over an area
of more than a mile.

   From 1890 to 2004, as the United States of America grew in world stature and
Americans first became industrialized, then home electronics and internet
superhighways and world trade opened a new era for Americans seeking an “ideal”
way of life, the Native American population was conveniently forgotten, left to struggle
with a lifestyle not of its own choosing. Poverty and alcoholism became the silent
killers. In 1924 Native Americans were granted the right to vote, in 1939 the freedom
of religious choice and in 1946 the first Native American claims commission was set
up. However, schools which actively encouraged the separation of children from their
families and discouraged the use of native languages continued operating until the
late 1980’s.

   Even today because of new concerns reflecting child abuse, abandonment and
general juvenile issues has caused children to be displacement from their families
to off reservation white foster care. Once a family gets into the legal system that falls
under civil law, they are never released from the system until the youngest child
attains the age of eighteen. Reservation families while living under the conditions
described below, are forced to comply with modern typical white-America standards
of living or stand the risk of losing their children to white foster care. This is how even
today, ethnic cleansing or cultural genocide persists and prevails while being
cloaked as child welfare or Children’s Bill of Rights. Children are rarely or limitedly
taught about their native customs, traditions and heritage from white families or
schools.

A few simple statistics:

  •        As recent as of the year of 2000, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was
    listed as POW Camp #344 according to sources. What, Native American
    POW Camps in modern America…how can this be?

  •        South Dakota’s unemployment  is only 2.6%, unemployment on Pine
    Ridge Reservation, a territory residing within the State of South Dakota, is at
    82%;

  •        Violent crimes against Native Americans are nearly three (3x) times the
    rate against all other races, with over 50% committed against American
    Indians between the ages of 12-24. One little problem with these statistics is
    that they include Native Americans across America. The South Dakota
    Reservations are much…much higher than the national statistics. While
    statistically speaking simple assault shows to be the highest type of crime
    against Native Americans, but rape knowingly has the highest unreported
    incident rate (estimated at nearly 90% unreported due to police involvement
    on the Pine Ridge Reservation alone.) than any other crime. One mother
    alone lives with the burden of two (2) of her minor daughters raped, in
    separate incidents, by the Pine Ridge and Kyle police. Both police
    departments and the civil rights commission refuse to investigate, therefore
    they do not count statistically, and the precedent of getting away with it is
    engraved even deeper in the hearts of the people. Would this be considered
    under the definition of oppression?

  •        The reservation has a median income of about $2,600…less than 1/5th
    of the national average. With no industry on the reservation, many residents
    are forced to drive 120 miles to Rapid City for a job;

  •        The student drop-out rate of over 76%, means a less educated work
    force;

  •        Social workers in Pine Ridge estimate that between 60% and 80% of
    babies on the reservation are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS),
    stemming from an drinking problem largely generated through
    hopelessness;

  •        Medical care is at a critical low when Heart Disease is at 170%, Diabetes
    at 600%, Alcoholism at 300% and FAS at 505% greater than the national
    average. Life expectancy is age 75 for whites, 66.3% for American Indians
    and 48.2% for Sioux Indians. American Indian death rates are: Sudden Infant
    Death Syndrome at 500%, Diabetes at 520%, Liver Disease at 350% and
    tuberculoses at 330% greater than the national average;

  •        Only 17% of American Indian high school graduates go on to college
    compared to 62% of the national average. While 48% of the American Indians
    will graduate from high school, less than half (23%) will graduate from the
    Sioux Indians;

  •        Twenty-nine (29%) of Sioux Indians are homeless; 44% of Sioux homes
    are without complete kitchens; 55% of households are without telephones;
    33% of households heat with wood burning stoves, without any local forestry
    to provide wood;

  •       Many of the Pine Ridge Indian reservation’s residents are still lacking
    indoor plumbing.
Lakota Native American Outreach©
Spiritually Led Intent
       For the many reasons stated in the background, and others, it is our
intent to develop a non-congregational church that links Lakota culture
with true biblically defined Christianity. That is to say that we will not set
out to build a traditional place (Church building) for worship, but we will
set out to build personal Christ-like relationships simultaneously while
demonstrating the true nature and love of Christ.

   This will be endeavored through many ways including the following:

  • The seeding of who Christ is, why He is, and that He loves and has
    not abandoned the Lakota people;
  • The sharing of God’s word by and through the development of
    personal relationships;
  • Emergency repairs of housing and utilities under life threatening
    circumstances, thereby demonstrating God’s love;
  • Liberation Day forums which allows listening and sharing burdens
    in public forum;
  • The development of intercultural activities;
  • The development of small businesses;
  • The promotion of Christ’s Non-Denominational Church through
    events that all Christian people have common interests, including
    Native Americans;
  • Finding innovative ways of which to restore human dignity, foster
    new and lasting relationships; restore and honor Native American
    culture while integrating modern technology with reservation needs
    and demands through Church and community involvement;
  • Promote local economy through the promotion of interstate and
    international trade;
  • Assist in revising and/or developing a moral/ethical penal and civil
    legal process designed to abolish oppression and protect
    individual human (civil) rights;
  • Assist in enhancing a cultural exchange that brings off reservation
    awareness to the current tribal needs and allow new Native
    American awareness of off reservation resources for reservation
    improvements.
  • Collaborating with other conscience minded organizations who
    have common interests that foster spiritual integrity and human
    dignity that is representative of Christ’s Non-Denominational
    Church;
  • Lakota Native American Outreach  exists to Equip and motivate
    people to advance the cause of Christ through ministries that
    educate, edify and evangelize;
  • But most of all, to bring awareness that God, in a triune form, loves
    each of them as He loves each of us; that He is the same God and
    Father that each of us have or had for all generations, past,
    present and future, whether we recognize it or not. And that in
    deed, through the Great Spirit (our Father), we are truly brothers
    and sisters in Christ, and through recognition of Christ, faith and
    then works, in that order, is how we become blessed with salvation.

   It is our belief that true spiritual freedom and enlightenment comes
from sharing the Word of God as God commands, through a process of
first demonstrating God’s love as Christ, the Divine Son of our Father,
has demonstrated for each of us through His birth, teachings, and
payment for our redemption and freedom through His crucifixion. In this
manner, we believe that true discipleship for God will be exemplified. We
believe that through our spiritually led seeding by the Holy Spirit, that
new and worthy Disciples of Christ shall be divinely inspired.

Bill & Barbara Bielecki                        
Last Update: September 10, 2007
Proverbs 21:3
To do justice and
judgment is more
acceptable to the LORD
than sacrifice

Proverbs 21:13
13Whoso stoppeth his
ears at the cry of the
poor, he also shall cry
himself, but shall not be
heard.

Proverbs 31:9
9 Open thy mouth, judge
righteously, and plead
the cause of the poor
and needy.

Matthew 25:31-46
31When the Son of man
shall come in his glory,
and all the holy angels
with him, then shall he sit
upon the throne of his
glory: 32And before him
shall be gathered all
nations: and he shall
separate them one from
another, as a shepherd
divideth his sheep from
the goats: 33And he shall
set the sheep on his right
hand, but the goats on
the left. 34Then shall the
King say unto them on
his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from
the foundation of the
world: 35For I was an
hungred, and ye gave
me meat: I was thirsty,
and ye gave me drink: I
was a stranger, and ye
took me in: 36Naked, and
ye clothed me: I was sick,
and ye visited me: I was
in prison, and ye came
unto me. 37Then shall
the righteous answer
him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungred,
and fed thee? or thirsty,
and gave thee drink? 38
When saw we thee a
stranger, and took thee
in? or naked, and clothed
thee? 39 Or when saw
we thee sick, or in prison,
and came unto thee?
40And the King shall
answer and say unto
them, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye
have done it unto one of
the least of these my
brethren, ye have done it
unto me. 41Then shall he
say also unto them on
the left hand, Depart
from me, ye cursed, into
everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his
angels: 42For I was an
hungred, and ye gave
me no meat: I was thirsty,
and ye gave me no drink:
43I was a stranger, and
ye took me not in: naked,
and ye clothed me not:
sick, and in prison, and
ye visited me not.
44Then shall they also
answer him, saying, Lord,
when saw we thee an
hungred, or athirst, or a
stranger, or naked, or
sick, or in prison, and did
not minister unto thee?
45Then shall he answer
them, saying, Verily I say
unto you, Inasmuch as ye
did it not to one of the
least of these, ye did it
not to me. 46And these
shall go away into
everlasting punishment:
but the righteous into life
eternal.
Biblical
References
Biblical
References
Biblical
References
Mark 10:21
21Then Jesus beholding
him loved him, and said
unto him,
One thing thou
lackest: go thy way, sell
whatsoever thou hast,
and give to the poor, and
thou shalt have treasure
in heaven: and come,
take up the cross, and
follow me.

Luke 4:18
18 The Spirit of the Lord
is upon me, because he
hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the
poor; he hath sent me to
heal the brokenhearted,
to preach deliverance to
the captives, and
recovering of sight to the
blind, to set at liberty
them that are bruised,

Luke 9:23-25
23And he said to them
all,
If any man will come
after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his
cross daily, and follow
me. 24For whosoever will
save his life shall lose it:
but whosoever will lose
his life for my sake, the
same shall save it. 25For
what is a man
advantaged, if he gain
the whole world, and lose
himself, or be cast away?

Luke 14:25-27
25And there went great
multitudes with him: and
he turned, and said unto
them,
26If any man come
to me, and hate not his
father, and mother, and
wife, and children, and
brethren, and sisters,
yea, and his own life
also, he cannot be my
disciple. 27And
whosoever doth not bear
his cross, and come after
me, cannot be my
disciple.

Luke 18:22
22 Now when Jesus
heard these things, he
said unto him, Yet lackest
thou one thing: sell all
that thou hast, and
distribute unto the poor,
and thou shalt have
treasure in heaven: and
come, follow me.

John 15:12-14
12This is my
commandment, That ye
love one another, as I
have loved you.
13Greater love hath no
man than this, that a man
lay down his life for his
friends. 14Ye are my
friends, if ye do
whatsoever I command
you.

1 John 4:17-21
17Herein is our love
made perfect, that we
may have boldness in the
day of judgment:
because as he is, so are
we in this world. 18There
is no fear in love; but
perfect love casteth out
fear: because fear hath
torment. He that feareth
is not made perfect in
love. 19We love him,
because he first loved
us. 20If a man say, I love
God, and hateth his
brother, he is a liar: for
he that loveth not his
brother whom he hath
seen, how can he love
God whom he hath not
seen? 21And this
commandment have we
from him, That he who
loveth God love his
brother also.