• dorry catherine pease

    I have donated to the St. Joseph’s school for several years. I have been very pleased both with I am doing and with what they are doing. I keep track of the school’s attributes, financially and educationally and feel they are doing a good job at addressing the needs of Native American children..

    It bothers me that so much money goes overseas to well deserving agencies and yet this country as so much to do for our children and families who live in abject poverty.

    Just my thoughts.

  • Tracy

    I saw a lot of angry, upset comments from Natives on social media when the story broke. (I’m not Native myself.) A big concern for me is the apparent lack of Native leadership at the board or staff level, from what I saw on their website. That would make a big difference in keeping them from fundraising via hurtful stereotypes or insulting gimmicks like mailing made-in-China dreamcatchers.

    I also don’t like seeing organizations separating out children from the larger community in their communications in a way that inadvertently leaves the impression that adults in that community are unfit caregivers in general. It’s the way a lot of people see poor parents, in particular, but also people of color, especially when a white-run organization is involved. In this case, while some kids need to be away from an abusive or addicted parent or guardian, the tribe still provides a meaningful home in ways most non-Natives can’t even begin to understand. That needs to be affirmed in school communications.

    What I took away from the composite stories they were using was a lack of ethics/slide into sloppiness but also a lack of effort to do what every other service providing organization does: share the stories of their work while also guarding the dignity and privacy of those they serve.

  • disqus_126419

    I just got a mailing from them this week, so are they still doing it?