Project Lighthouse Ministry
Brad Bearsheart (Lakota) and his wife Gabrielle decided that something needed to be done about the poverty on Native American reservations when Gabrielle received a letter describing the sad story of a woman found frozen from exposure at Pine Ridge . In 2005, they founded Project Lighthouse Ministry, a nonprofit 501c3 organization that brings needed items such as to Native American reservations. “The mission of Project Lighthouse is for all to live in harmony and to have all Native Americans remember and practice their culture the way the creator intended. We believe that all children should thrive in their prospective cultures with loving adults to guide them. No one should go hungry or live in poverty.”
Since then their organization has sent over 46 semi trucks to the Rosebud, Standing Rock, and Pine Ridge reservations. 25 to 40 volunteers help to drive the semis loaded down with furniture, clothing, toys, and food to the poor. It costs $1500 – $2600 to transport the resources to the reservation communities. So while the items themselves are welcomed, donations of cash are really appreciated.
Brad and his family are also dancers and music performers. They , and recently performed at the concert in Tri Lakes Inter Tribal Festival in Palmer Lake with Arvel Bird. Their work and music can be tracked from My Space.