Our "Spotlight On" column occasionally features the creative and inspiration projects of our Fans.
Sarah M. Anderson is a romance writer whose books generally involve a character or two of Lakota heritage. An award-winning author, Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but she says "her heart lies out west on the Great Plains."
While doing research for one of her books last year, Sarah found us at Lakota Children's Enrichment and urged her friends to get involved. On tour this year promoting her latest book A Man of Distinction, she told her fans:
Maybe a romance novel can’t change the world. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. In the course of my research, I found the Lakota Pine Ridge Children’s Enrichment Project, started by Maggie Dunne. Maggie took a look at the poverty and the way it affected the kids—no coats, no boots, no school supplies—and she decided to do something about it. You can decide to do something about it, too.Sarah has urged her fans in person, on video interviews and her blog to participate in our 5th Annual Coat, Boot, Toy and Book Drive in any way that they can, reminding them that small or large actions all add up. She told her readers: "Got a shelf full of books your kids never really read? Give the gift of reading and imagination to some kids. If you’re here, I know you love reading. Pay that forward. If you want to keep things quick and simple, you can always donate money ... "
Sarah said she contributes to Lakota Children's Enrichment because "I don’t just want to write books about the Lakota. I want to know that I’m making a difference. If everyone who reads this post does one thing, we’ll make a difference for some cold kids this January."
|Romance Author Sarah M. Anderson|
Keep talking to yourself Sarah, and please, continue urging your Fans to become educated and involved. As United Nations Human Rights expert James Anaya stated in his report to the United Nations in September of 2012, many Americans do not know about or understand the obstacles facing indigenous communities right here at home and "[u]nless genuine movement is made toward resolving these pending matters, the place of indigenous peoples within the United States will continue to be an unstable, disadvantaged and inequitable one, and the country’s moral standing will suffer.”
Thank You Sarah and thank you to Sarah's friends and fans.
LEARN. CARE. ACT.