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The Native American children who regularly visit the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) in Fort Thompson are no different than any other BGC kid in any other town. They are not the “Indians of legend” They are normal kids. They enjoy playing the same Boys and Girls Club games and going on field trips. They joke, play and goof off with their friends. The only thing that sets them apart is the long history of generational poverty and sickness that have plagued American Indians in the area for generations. The negative family environments surrounding this problem is a sad awakening for them- the future is not as bright as they hoped.
To make things worse, the culture which these children identify with has been slowly disintegrating under the pressure of popular culture. The traditional American Indian artifacts, style and ceremonies that have long since identified and distinguished them are being swept over. The children are becoming lost; forced to live in a new world without their heritage to guide them.
That is where the Boys and Girls Club of Three Districts has stepped in. Armed with games, tasty food and a safe environment, the staff at Fort Thompson has given back hope to the children and the community of this town. The Indian community of Fort Thompson has seen incredible improvement, awe-inspiring hope and optimism as a result of their efforts.
At the Boys and Girls Club of Three Districts, children are encouraged to celebrate their roots. Wearing traditional American Indian dress and American Indian jewelry at special occasions is one way they are able to express themselves. In addition, they are given a free environment where they can figure out themselves and the world around them with kids from similar cultures.
In a town that has suffered from the ravages of unemployment, alcoholism, physical disease and suicide, the BGC has shown what a difference people can make when they open their hearts with compassion and love for their fellow man.