All Relations United sponsored a youth event called "Together We Strive, We Woke," on June 1st, 2018 at the the Best Western Ramkota Inn in Rapid city. The focus was on youth overcoming obstacles in life, offering hope, utilizing education to create brighter futures, obtaining real life skills, striving to improve thinking, and being woke (to be made aware).
Youth groups from across South Dakota including Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River and Yankton Sioux reservations, attended the event along with state and tribal leaders, state and tribal law enforcement, and other organizations. Speakers including Native Sun News Today owner Tim Giago and Bryan Brewer, past president of the Pine Ridge Tribal Council and current president of the Oglala Lakota Schools motivated youth to make good choices and to create better lives. Young people were educated about current social issues they are facing including addiction, high rates of suicide, school drop out, incarceration and recidivism, and provided them with mentors, support and tools to address these issues. Youth leaders spoke on behalf of their groups, encouraging the other kids.
Entertainment included Hip Hop musician Sequoia, the B.E.A.R. performers and comedian J.R. Redwater.
All Relations United envisions Native youth having productive lives and careers. We are emphasizing self-responsibility as a path to creating brighter futures. We believe the future of our people is in our youth becoming successful, powerful contributing members of society, which will in turn uplift our communities across South Dakota.
All Relations United sponsored an event called, "Connecting Communities Across South Dakota," on March 23, 2018 at the Ramkota Inn in Rapid City. We brought together state and tribal leaders, law enforcement , politicians and organizations from across South Dakota to bring awareness to and collaborate on problems affecting our communities.
State and Tribal leaders including Senator Billy Sutton, Retired Senator James Bradford, Oglala Tribal Vice President Darla Black, Rosebud Tribal Council Member Rita Means, Yankton Sioux Tribal Council Member Greg Conoyer, Cheyenne River Tribal Police Officer Joe Brings Plenty and South Dakota State Highway Patrol Officer Matt Oxner were some of the many speakers. Organizations including American Indian Youth Running Strong, the B.E.A.R. Project, Rapid City Collective Impact and the Hope Center were also represented. Individuals adressed social issues affecting our communities.
Our event was covered by several media outlets including the Native Sun News, KOTA TV Rapid City and Keloland TV.
All Relations United through Fam First Fathers Against Meth sponsored an anti-meth rally on June 1st, 2018 at the men's prison in Springfield, South Dakota.
The anti-meth rally was attended by inmates, state representatives and Department of Corrections officials.
Additional outside speakers participated including supportive organizations from around the state.
All Relations United Executive Director Robert Horse stated that the goal was "to prepare guys that are getting out real soon, get them prepared, open their minds, open their hearts, their spirit and hope that they can make that change we all seek," he said. "[Because] addiction is everywhere.
For the first time in South Dakota history, an inmate was transported into a woman's prison to conduct an anti-meth rally. Phillip Steele who is incarcerated at Mike Durfee State prison conducted the rally which was sponsored by All Relations United.
According to the Department of Corrections about 62 percent of the 500 women incarcerated at the women's prison in Pierre are there because of drug related offences.
Several women inmates participated in the event and shared their stories of the events leading to their addiction issues and eventual incarceration, Even though some will never be released to the outside world, they advocated for a greater good for others.
Supportive speakers and organizations from the surrounding areas also took part in the rally.
A second event was held at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield and was attended by inmates, state representatives and Department of Corrections officials and outside organizations.
Meth is a growing concern for many. All Relations United sponsored an anti-meth rally at the men's prison in Springfield, South Dakota. This was held through Fam First Fathers Against Meth, an organization founded within the prison walls.
The Department of Corrections and the prison's warden approved the event. The objective was to save the next generations of youth and to encourage people to get out there and combat meth in their neighborhoods and communities. About 50 inmates attended the rally along with outside speakers and organizations, to
talk about and bring about solutions to break the cycle of addiction not only in rural communities, but particularly on our Indian reservations.