Written by Connie Larkman
Selling its recorded music to match scholarship monies funding their trip to National Youth Event 2012, the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) has a song in its heart as it prepares to bring nearly 30 members to the quadrennial event.
"They take pride in raising the funds on their own, and they would love it if someone would purchase their CDs," said Waltrina Middleton, UCC minister for youth advocacy and leadership formation. "The group is receiving some assistance with scholarship, but they still need help with transportation."
The UCC Dakota Association is selling CDs and MPs of favorite hymns sung by choir members of UCC churches comprising many members of the Lakota tribe. Proceeds will go toward bus transportation expenses for CAIM youth to attend NYE, set for July 10-13 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
The "Dakota Odowan" CDs are available for $20 each; MP3 format is $15 each. CDs may be ordered through the Dakota Association, P.O. Box 567, Pierre, SD 57501.
Middleton is lifting up the NYE events page on Facebook to help participants promote "caravans, carpools, partnerships, chaperone needs, fundraising efforts, and encouragement of on one another," she said.
"We are pushing for a strong, inclusive and diverse experience," she said. "We want to do all we can to be Open and Affirming to all, extending extravagant welcome. The challenge to everyone is to embrace one another and invite a friend to NYE."
For additional details on NYE, including registration information, visit www.ucc.org/nye.