United Indians of All Tribes (UIATF) has been running an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help Daybreak Star with its debt. It has raised $15,590 so far, with only 28 days left in the campaign.
Daybreak Star (3801 W. Government Way) has raised a total of $85,000 since it first announced its debt at an October board meeting, said finance director Joseph McCormick in a voicemail.
Donors to the Indiegogo campaign receive different gifts with each donation level. Native artists have been donating things like hand-woven hats and prints. The campaign will end Feb. 18.
Daybreak Star created the goal to raise $185,000 to get itself out of debt at that annual board meeting. After that, board members expressed the desire to create sustainable revenue plans, like a rooftop events patio, a gift shop for Native artists and other long-term plans like turning Fort Lawton buildings into Native housing and a school.
Interim executive director Minty Longearth recently resigned from Daybreak Star. No one from UIATF was available for comment on the resignation, but it appears to have happened last week.
Longearth opposed UIATF’s slim budget and big cuts that the board approved in October 2013. At board meetings, she often told her fellow chairs that she and the other Daybreak Star staff didn’t know what to do.
UIATF will have a Cycling Extravaganza fundraising event on Friday, Jan. 24, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., at American Athlete (7203 Woodlawn Ave. N.E.). In addition to the cycling, there will also be Native art, storytelling and fry bread. All proceeds from the event will go to UIATF. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on Facebook: search “Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.”
To donate to UIATF’s Indiegogo campaign, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-daybreak-star—2.
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