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MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Vicki Cherney
Phone: 412-281-2345/vcherney@dymun.com

NATIVE AMERICAN GIRLS ARE JOINED BY VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL OVER THE U.S. TO BLITZ-BUILD A STRAW-BALE STUDY HALL IN TWO WEEKS

Indian drummers, singers, buffalo roast will highlight the finishing ceremony on the Crow Reservation in Montana

WHO:Four ninth-grade girls, Lucretia Birdinground, Kimberly Duputee, Omney Sees the Ground and Brenett Stewart from Crow Agency, Montana
WHAT: A community study hall made out of straw. Prompted by a severe housing shortage on their reservation and the chance to win a national competition, the girls devised a fire-proof, waterproof way to build out of straw bale which is abundant on their reservation. Since winning the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant in June 2001, the girls have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and received a $25,000 grant from Oprah's Angel NetworkTM, and grants and in-kind contributions from universities and companies across the U.S.

Two-week blitz-build -- The girls have also attracted the attention of more than 1,000 volunteers from all over the country. They broke ground on the study hall this month and are building it over the next two weeks under the direction of Red Feather Development Group, an organization devoted to American Indian housing issues.
WHEN: July 15-30
July 15 -- Construction begins
July 30 -- Finishing ceremony with Indian drummers and singers and a buffalo roast
WHERE: Crow Agency, Montana Media accommodations include motels in Harding, Montana (15 miles away) or onsite camping
BACKGROUND: See fact sheet.


Community Study Hall bathroom    Back of the Community Study Hall
Community Study Hall front entrance The Blessing Community Study Hall main room Community Study Hall meeting room

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