VERMILLION, S.D. -- Christmas came early to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as The University of South Dakota’s Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) delivered gifts to children of the reservation just in time for the holidays.
USD’s NALSA chapter raised more than $1,000 during the organization’s first toy drive Nov. 9 through Dec. 11.Toys were collected for children ages 2 to 12 years-old. According to USD NALSA Chapter President Lonnie Wright, several toys were donated at the collection box at the USD School of Law; purchased online directly from Amazon.com and delivered to USD NALSA; and purchased using monetary donations.
“Many of these families living in poverty lack even the most basic items and don’t have much hope of toys under the tree at Christmas,” added Wright, who is also a National NALSA Executive Board Member. “As a student organization, we are very thankful that the toy drive was an overwhelming success. We could not have done it without the generosity and support of so many.”
NALSA members traveled to the reservation days before Christmas where the delivered toys to 175 children of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. For more information about the NALSA chapter at USD, including the 2010 National Moot Court Competition at the USD School of Law in February, please visit www.usdnalsa.org.
A photo of Wright (second from left) along with Chief John Spotted Tail of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (far left), USD student Beth Erickson and Teddi Herman, Community Outreach Director for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is available for download at www.usd.edu/urelations/images/NALSA_ToyDrive.jpg.