If you read my prior post, you got to see the “new house” my Lakota friends have moved into as of last weekend. I showed the photos to one person today who was shocked by them.
I received an e-mail from my friend. (In case you’re wondering how they sent e-mail, they have to walk to the college center in town and use the computers they have that are available for public use.) I am going to quote the mail verbatim, including any misspellings.
Hi How are you? I take it you got the pictures, bad isn’t it? Well we moved in this weekend, actually Friday, we are still cleaning. We finally got Rural Water too bring us a water tank I’m hoping the tank and water is here today, we have no furniture, 1 futon mattress, maybe about 10 blankets, our clothes, TV, 1 lamp. It is a 2 bdrm, or I shall say 1 1/2 bedroom, no plumbing, we use a outhouse I am sore from helping putting and moving the outhouse to a different location, we still got the back part of the house to pick up and clean, we need doors. My husband is working on the windows, sealed the back door shut, ripped the carpet out that was disgusting, the girls and I still have to wash the walls but we ran out of cleaning supplies, no fridge, all we got is the electricity, even at that the other half of the somewhat kitchen part is not working, so we are using extension cords.
Now as for the van it is a 1996 Ford Windstar green it is registered but I don’t have the plate number right now. we had the Ford dealer in Martin, SD tow it in but no work has been done on it. The tow bill alone is $174
Anyway I moved out of my so called Aunt’s house thank god. And the old lady still wasn’t satisified, still complaining I just told my mom that greedy people are never satisfied, she oughtta be glad you went out of your way too get a heater, I fed her and her Takojas (grandchildren) when they had nothing to eat after their mother sold all their food stamps too stay drunk while her kids was her bring different men home every night. I could go on, you know they don’t realize stuff like that, and all we are trying to do is survive in the hell hole. My mom called me this morning and told me what’s being said about me so I said good morning too you tol I am so frustrated with my auntie, I love her but she didn’t realize that we was the only ones helping her, she’ll see and when she does she will realize how bad her own kids are and I hope I at least get an apology.
Her words and photos speak far more eloquently that I ever could. Now I have to pray for guidance on what I can do to help them in their predicament.