Pathways to Spirit
4307 Goldeneye Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
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Pathways to Spirit is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the provision of material assistance to and cultural preservation of Native Americans on the reservations of South Dakota and along the Front Range of Colorado. Pathways seeks the easing of the effects of poverty, the reduction of discrimination, and the transmission of Native American languages and way of life across generations. The organization pursues this mission through direct provision of goods and services, education and training, and evolving partnerships with other organizations.
Pathways to Spirit was founded in October of 1996, after traveling to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Our concern and compassion led us to begin loading pick up trucks with neighborhood donations. One year later we purchased a 48 foot semi-trailer. Since then we have expanded our work to include programs to assist with housing, utilities, basic needs for all ages, and other projects.
Coleman was a 2006 Graduate of Todd County High School on Rosebud Reservation in Mission, SD, finishing his last semester on the honor roll. Coleman crossed over to the Spirit World on April 30th, 2006. He was scheduled to graduate on May 12.
Lale Metzinger (maiden name: Lale Gurel) was a very generous young woman who would always help when help was needed. She never thought of herself but always of the others first. She was a sundancer, worked for Greenpeace International and lived in Switzerland during her last two years. After she died of cancer at the age of only 33 in April 2006 her friends proposed to set up a memorial fund.
To provide alternative, self constructed housing with natural materials. This project is about constructing houses with natural materials and teaching local community members how to do it.