One KOTA Territory group is tired of seeing some of their native people suffer and want to help. The United Urban Warrior Society joined with other volunteers to provide a meal for those in need.
Red Bear a previously homeless woman who attended the event says "they have the true heart, they feed us , whether we tuned up, hanging over or whatever." Red Bear is sober today and she's no longer homeless but she understands how much events like these really matter. "I know what is feels like to be homeless, I'm glad those guys are here" she said. Red Bear is thankful for the United Urban Warrior Society and the other volunteers they partnered with.
James Swan founder of the United Urban Warrior Society's Black Hills chapter says "we got together with other community people and everybody just kind of chips in."
He says they want to take care of their people. "I want people out there to know that native people have stepped up to help their own, a lot of people at times, you get all the haters. 'oh, they don't do nothing for themselves' well we are doing something for ourselves" Swan said.
He said "when we see a native person they are our relative." From the homeless people on the streets to those in difficult living situations, all were welcomed to eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with pumpkin pie. Swan said "our purpose is to service our people that are living in the urban community"
And as the meal comes to an end and they begin to clean up. Red Bear leaves us with one thing. "It is worser to be lifeless than homeless" she said.
This is the 4th year the United Urban Warrior Society held this event.