News Release

NDN Collective

On Tuesday, September 7, NDN Collective will host their 2nd Annual Backpack Giveaway for PreK-12 grade students in the Rapid City area. The backpack giveaway will be a walk-up event held at the Mother Butler Center, beginning at 3:00pm until supplies last. Pre-registration will also be available for the Oceti Sakowin Community Academy -- the Indigenous-led school being opened by NDN Collective in partnership with NISN -- for kindergarten students entering school in the fall of 2022.

At the event, there will also be FREE COVID-19 vaccinations* for students aged 12-17 provided by the Oyate Health Center, and $30 Visa gift cards given by Rural America Initiatives for all students with a valid vaccination card. *Parents must accompany students wishing to get a vaccine.*

WHO: Members of NDN Collective staff, including the Education Equity team, local students, and honored partners Oyate Health Center and Rural America Initiatives.

WHAT: Giveaway of 300 backpacks for students in the community, as well as catered individual to-go meals and pre-registration for the Oceti Sakowin Community Academy. Oyate Health Center will also be onsite to provide COVID-19 vaccinations shots for all, and Rural America Initiatives will be distributing gift cards for students with valid vaccination cards

WHERE: Mother Butler Center, 231 Knollwood Dr, Rapid City, SD 57701

WHEN: Tuesday, September 7th at 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Last year, 150 backpacks were distributed to local Indigenous students.

Earlier this year, NDN Collective announced the group will officially open Oceti Sakowin Community Academy, Rapid City’s first Indigenous-led school catered to the needs and cultures of Indigenous students. 

About NDN Collective

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.

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