On behalf of the Stronghold Society, we would like thank all our sponsors, volunteers and supporters. The event was a huge success and attracted thousands of attendees including hundreds of Native youth from 6 different states, 200+ skate competitors, 30+ vendors, over 60 volunteers, and 7 local bands donating their time….. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Thanks to Dre Tzortzis, Leon Roker, Danny Lee, Jay Hanna, and Wounded Knee Skateboards and everyone else who made this possible. This is a touching and beautifully told story of what took place and what is to come for Lakota Country and Native America…. building skateparks for our youth. Please share and help us gain more support. we thank you with all our hearts.
Our Stronghold Society Executive Director, Walt Pourier was given the opportunity to reach hundreds and hundreds of people as the Artist in Residence at the Denver Art Museum about our Stronghold Society Live Life Call To Action Campaigns… “It has been a gift. Honored, humbled… stoked beyond belief.” – Huge for us, wopila tanka to the DAM staff Nancy, John, Heather, Jodie, etc… for this opportunity. And to RMPBS’s Arts District Program, Lisa Olken for covering this story… it has been an awesome 3 months of outreach… thanks for helping to draw more people to our DONATE button. For us it truly is all about our youth… the more we can do for them, the better!
The Stronghold Society’s Rockers4REZparks program was created to give the music industry a unique opportunity to help support our nonprofit efforts in building world class skateparks on Native American Reservations across this country where native youth are facing many hardships, by supporting this Live Life Call to Action Campaign, you will help encourage youth to find hope and ambition to live a healthy life in mind, body and spirit. Skateboarding has many benefits: it builds self-confidence and self-esteem; encourages individuality and creativity; teaches social skills and respect for others; and brings communities together. We successfully built our first skatepark on the Pine Ridge (Oglala Lakota) Reservation in South Dakota with the help of Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam, VANs Off The Wall and the Tony Hawk Foundation and 2 of the THF Board Members, Chris Saaca and Ben Harper. WE have many more to build across Native Country… check it out SUPPORT SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMS to make a difference in the lives of another!
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This network of “like-minds” grows more powerful by the day… connecting the dots. Stronghold Society Live Life Call To Action Campaigns… “You Thrive, I Thrive, WE Thrive!!” … getting it done!! So much NEW things ahead, keep coming back to our site as we will begin to update here weekly! – thank you so much for sharing the website donate button with all your friends and family. It is because of YOU, we can do the things we do. wopila tanka – Walt Pourier – Executive Director.
Our awesome sista, Irene Bedard gives a shout out to the Stronghold Society: Indian Country Today Media Network reporter, Vincent Schilling, recently sat down with Inupiat Eskimo actress Irene Bedard while rehearsing for a live Colonial Williamsburg production entitled “The Beloved Woman” in July. My brother Larry T Pourier worked on that production. Isn’t she the best!! we be ROCKIN together!!
The Heartbeat of Native Skate Parks: The scrape of skateboard wheels gripping cement and plywood formations that Native boarders just can’t seem to get enough of, captivates the imagination while stretching the possibilities of physics and physical agility. Not only is skating on the Rez and in the city a test of skills, it’s also a path to new discovery and focus. For some, it’s a way to be in line with a healthy life while still enjoying what it means to be young. So just what is the connecting line between culture and skating? How are tribal communities changing the lives of their youth with offering venues for this sport including tribal built skateparks? Guests: Mike Hugues (Shoshone-Bannock) and Walt Pourier (Oglala Lakota)… and Crazy Joe Mesteth Oglala Lakota get ready to rock!!
Jeff Ament VANS Pass The Bucket Episode premiere!!!! and the WK4-Directions Skatepark of the Stronghold Society… prepare to be moved!! Thank you Jeff, thanks Chris Overholser, Luke Korver, Steve Vandoren and VANS… this is a beautiful story. The Stronghold Society and the Lakota Community is so honored with this production, true heart and soul of Jeff Ament made this whole thing possible. Special thanks to all the Pine Ridge Park supporters, and Jeff Ament and Montana Pool Service, Jim Murphy and Wounded Knee Skateboards, Walt Pourier and the Stronghold Society, Mark Hubbard and Grindline Skateparks, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation, The Tony Hawk Foundation / Ben Harper / Chris Sacca, The Eagle Bull Family and VANS Off The Wall. VANS PASS THE BUCKET… you rocked it!!!
We are but one year old and have accomplished about 5 years worth of work already, and there is so much more ahead. The ONE Gathering Skate For Life, The Kimimila “Age of the Daughters” Gathering, the WK4-Directions Skateparks, The Urban Method/ Conscious Alliance collaboration “Live For Dreams” song and video, Live Life poster and radio campaigns in the works…. etc, and so much more to come! Please share with everyone you know about the Stronghold Society. Our work depends entirely upon the generosity of our donors. All your contributions will be put to great use to make a difference in the life of another.
You Thrive, I Thrive, WE THRIVE. as it should be….
micante etan wopila tanka
“biggest thanks from within my heart”