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11/26/2013 5:59:00 AM
Angel Tree drive to benefit Havasupai tribe

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Diamond Janitorial Supply is hosting an Angel Tree this Christmas season for 40 elders of the Havasupai Tribe, which has existed in the Grand Canyon for more than 1,000 years.

"They have very specific needs," said City Councilwoman Erin Cochran, who works at the supply firm.

Those needs include space heaters, large and extra-large jackets, gloves, winter hats, scarves, blankets and quilts, pants and shirts, she said.

Other needs include crock-pots, coffee mugs, and socks and underwear. One man desires a pair of hiking boots size 12 and a half, another needs saw blades and yet another would like an ax he can use to cut firewood.

A woman asks for five yards of white satin material and a man is in need of Dremel carving tools. Another man needs a pair of size 9 tennis shoes.

The Havasupai live in relative isolation at the bottom of the canyon and the only way out is to ride a horse or mule or take a helicopter ride, said Cochran.

"We're looking for people to sponsor the Havasupai elders and are willing to help," she said. "This is a wonderful cause."

Cochran said she will deliver the gifts on Dec. 13 in a helicopter.

For more information, or to sign on to sponsor an elder, contact Cochran on her cell phone at (928) 279-8367.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Rachel have you ever been to Supai or are you just looking through your rose colored glasses?
I commend the Janitorial supply company for helping out the Supai, but It shouldn't be necessary with a rich tribe right next door.
The reason they are living the way they do is because they are out of sight out of mind.
Now if they were right along Highway route 66
where people could see how badly they live, I'm pretty sure the tribe next door would rebuild them....they certainly have the money.
If you are interested in how socialism works, visit our local reservation!

Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

Grumpy, I don't see what is grumpy about stating a fact, so what is your problem?
I used to sign my name and leftists like you used to call my house and leave threatening messages and use words most sailors don't use...I noticed you didn't use your name so if you ever need your car pushed, how can I help you? if I would !
The tribe next door, with all the taxpayers money coming in and with the skywalk rip off bringing in tons of money probably has more money than Kingman let alone some plumbing company.
If people want to waste their money that is their problem, but what a waist when we have families here in Kingman that could use a boost.
I would go even further saying that Supai should be shut down as it is nothing more than a drug infested cesspool that needs to be governed or cleaned out!
The trouble is the tribes depend on people having a big heart and sit and wait for their share.....kind of like socialism!

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Jack A. Lope

because they need help from people who CAN help and care

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Rachel H

Capt. Nice,
The Hualapai tribe has as much connection to their "fellow tribesmen" as you or I. All tribes have their own separate governing boards and they work together mostly through the Inter Tribal Council.

Diamond Janitorial Supply,
You can expect a donation from me! I have seen the conditions there in person and understand how winter would be harsh.

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: me hualapai

What is wrong with this company helping out the Supai Tribe? Ever heard of just having a big ol' heart and caring for the Native Americans the first Americans? This isn't a Hualapai leave us out of it!

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: already recieved tribal disbursements

Why did this plan go into effect? Each Havasupai tribal member recieved $2,500 two weeks ago...they can't purchase these things themselves??? They are NOT charity cases...they have means to get what they need.

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Well Said

Oil rich Arabs do not help the Palestinians either but blame the rest of the world for their so called misery.
I thought native Indians receive a monthly check ? Quite generous at that.
Of course it's sad to have to ask for a pair of shoes etc.. Their own people should be taken to task over this. Include feeding their poor neglected live stock . Shameful.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Grumpy

Do you always have something grumpy say? I have never seen an article that has been good enough for you? I hope you have the guts to put your real name on here one day so we all know that if you every need help we can let you push your own car, put out your own fire or hold the door for yourself!!! What is your problem???!!!

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

It is awfully nice of the Janitorial supply, but why doesn't the Hualapai tribe next door take care of their fellow tribesmen.
The Hualapai with all the money coming in from the American taxpayers (millions) plus the millions the make off the Skywalk fiasco you would think they could throw some money their way.
It just shows you how well socialism works!

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