The average life on the majority of reservations leaves a lot to be desired.
With an 85% unemployment rate, an average annual income of $2,500 - $3,000 (per household), a high infant mortality rate and the highest suicide rate in the nation, the Pine Ridge Indian reservation is ranked #1 of the poorest and most depressed areas in North America. Therefore, the Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, South Dakota, is where we are presently focusing our attention.
In a community such as Pine Ridge, hope can be the difference between life and death. Outside support can give the people something to hope for. So, BICONA has sprung into action, in an effort to bring hope and save lives.
The dream is to bring attention and support to the third-world conditions that plague many reservations and to save lives at the same time.
The "all Indians are rich because they get money from the government and/or casinos" rumor is just that; a rumor.
It is true that a small handful of nations have successful casinos and, although a few do what they can to help out other nations, it is not enough. The people desperately need help.
If you wish to make a donation, you can do it one of two ways... you can make out a check to "The BICONA Foundation" and mail it directly to:
The BICONA Foundation
5020 Hazeltine Ave. #16
Sherman Oaks, CA. 91423
You can click "donate" and you will be taken directly to our PayPal account. If you make a payment through PayPal and would like a tax receipt, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) after you donate, with your mailing address and write "request receipt" in the "subject" area.
Thank you so much for caring.
The BICONA Foundation
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