More celebs help tribes’ push for sacred SD land …Get INVOLVED!


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — More celebrities are backing an online campaign to raise money so that Native American tribes in South Dakota can purchase land they consider sacred.

FILE - This 2007 file photo provided by South Dakota Magazine shows Reynolds Prairie in the Black Hills of South Dakota. An online campaign to raise money so Native American tribes in South Dakota can purchase land they consider sacred has gained steam with a growing list of celebrities backing the effort. P Diddy and Bette Midler have tweeted their support for the effort to purchase nearly 2,000 acres in the Black Hills of South Dakota. They join actor Ezra Miller and hip-hop producer Sol Guy, who appeared in a recent video online with drawing attention to the effort. (AP Photo/courtesy South Dakota Magazine, Bernie Hunhoff, File)

P Diddy and Bette Midler are the latest big names to throw their support behind a fundraising effort to buy nearly 2,000 acres of pristine prairie grass in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Three days after the campaign began, P Diddy tweeted: “Help save the Sioux Nation! Click here,” and linked to the website. Midler also lent her voice, tweeting: “Incredible story re the Sioux Sacred Grounds. Donate what you can.”

More than $18,000 had been raised as of Sunday afternoon — $6,000 flowed in immediately after P Diddy’s tweet. The campaign will last through Nov. 30, when the tribes of the Great Sioux Nation must have $9 million in order to purchase the land.

The tribes have raised $7 million so far for the 1,942 acres, which they call Pe’ Sla (pay shlaw), or “old baldy.” There are Sioux tribes in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Canada.

The property is important to their creation story, and tribal members have long held ceremonies there. When the land was put up for sale, tribal members worried it would be developed because of its proximity to Mount Rushmore.

Landowners Leonard and Margaret Reynolds canceled a public auction of the property earlier this year after tribal members expressed outrage. The Reynolds then accepted the tribes’ bid to purchase the land for $9 million if they have the money by Nov. 30.

The couple has repeatedly said they will not speak publicly about the land sale.

P Diddy and Midler join actor Ezra Miller and hip-hop producer Sol Guy showing their support for the cause.

Miller, who appears in the recently released movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and Sol Guy flew to South Dakota last month to film a nine-minute documentary-style video about the land that is being used as part of the online campaign.

Miller said the three days he spent in South Dakota learning about the land and the Lakota tribes was life-altering.

“From the moment I arrived to the moment I departed, I was struck repeatedly by an unshakable sensation that this land truly carried something unspeakably important,” Miller said in an email interview with The Associated Press. “There is a motion and a beauty out there in those hills that words cannot do justice.”

He said the fact that the Lakota tribes have done Sundance ceremonies on the land for thousands of years is a “magical reality,” and that America has erased too much of the land’s true history.

Sol Guy, whose TV show “4Real” airing on MTV Canada and the National Geographic Channel has taken celebrities such as Cameron Diaz to Peru and Joaquin Phoenix to the Amazon, said he has been busy sharing the information with his various networks to get the word out and is confident the tribes will be successful in raising all the money.

“My first hope is not to demand people to give money,” Sol Guy said. “If they can afford it, great. But I think what’s more important is that people take it in and learn the history and spread the word and have the conversations about it.”

Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who started the online campaign and appeared in the video, said he wants the celebrity endorsements to help raise money, but more than anything, he hopes it will widen the network of people who are thinking about the land and what it means for the tribes.

Support President Obama

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Barack Obama’s 2009 presidential inauguration in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midwest Bus Trip to President Obama Swearing In Ceremony


Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM (CST)


Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Quad Occupancy (Early Bird – Prior to Nov, 23, 2012) more info 

$750/person/quad occupancy 5days/4nights hotel accomodations at the Hilton with Roundtrip coach bus transportation. Due to the popularity of this event, majority of the accomodations require 4 people to a room. Double Occupancy option has limited availablity and is on a first come first serve basis.
1 ticket Nov 23, 2012 $750.00 $9.95 0
Double Occupancy (Early Bird – Prior to Nov, 23, 2012) more info 

$1500/person/double occupancy 5days/4nights hotel accomodations at the Hilton with Roundtrip coach bus transportation. Limited availability-First paid in full basis.
1 ticket Nov 23, 2012 $1,500.00 $9.95 01

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President Barack Obama

Swearing In Ceremony

Thank you for your interest in traveling with us to the 2013 Inaugural Swearing-In at the U.S. Capitol.

We welcome you to join us and witness history at President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inauguration Ceremony This is the last opportunity to be a part of history. We will depart on Jan 17, 2013 and return on Jan 22, 2013. We encourage you to reflect and celebrate both the King Holiday and the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony while in Washington, DC.

Buses will leave from Lansing, IL

Chicago (TBD).

You and your party will enjoy comfortable and luxury accommodations at the Hilton Hotel Washington


  • o Includes round trip coach bus from Chicago to DC with comfortable seating. This is the largest bus in our fleet and it features Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, large lavatory, and multiplevideo monitors with Satellite and DVD players for your movie enjoyment.


  • o Enjoy your historic and relaxing experience at the Hilton a 4 star hotel (ratings from actual customer reviews on trip advisor)

Tentative Itinerary:
(We are still working on securing other activities)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pack a lunch
9:30 AM Bus Check in
10:00 AM – Load Bus

11:00 AM – Depart Chicago for Washington, D.C.
11:00 PM – Hilton – Washington

Friday, January 18, 2013
7:00 AM – Depart for Washington, D.C.
11:00AM – Optional Tours ^^See below tour options

6:30 PM – Return to Hotel

Saturday, January 19, 2013
8:00 AM – Depart for Washington, D.C.
Optional Tours **See below tour options
6:30 PM – Return to Hotel
Goodnight – Relax Sunday – Monday will require harmony, joy, and patience. It will be challenging.

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Please indicate your Meal Time preference** (max 50 people per time slot)

1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (one time slot per person)

Commuting to DC via Metro on Monday may be the best option.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pack and reload bus for prompt departure after Swearing in Ceremony ends
4:00 AM – Depart for Washington, DC
12:00 Noon – Presidential Swearing In Ceremony

**Some Tour Options:

There are many other great places to visit in the city, too!

Public tours of the Library of Congress are offered without reservations and are meant for individuals and families. The Jefferson building of the Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings in Washington – I highly recommend a visit. You can inquire at the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Information Desk for availability.

They are offered Monday through Saturday:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. (except Saturdays)

The Supreme Court offers a varying schedule depending on the actual courtroom schedule of the Supreme Court. There is not a guided walking tour of the Court, but they offer Courtroom Lectures and the first two floors are always open to the public. The lectures are very informative and building is gorgeous, so if you have the time, I would recommend a stop. When the court is not hearing oral arguments, lectures are generally every hour on the half hour beginning at 9:30 am with the last lecture at 3:30 pm. If the Court is in session, the lectures only begin after they finish oral arguments.

You can get more information and check the constantly changing schedule here.

The Kennedy Center has guided tours beginning approximately every ten minutes from 10 AM until 5 PM daily. If you are interested in taking a tour, just visit the Tour Desk on the A level of the center. For directions to the Kennedy Center, you can visit

The Holocaust Museum is a really interesting museum to visit. Please see the museum’s website for more information on visiting. Between March and August, timed passes are needed to enter the museum. Passes are distributed on a first come first served basis when the museum opens at 10 am. Since you are coming during a busy time of the year, I would suggest trying to get to the museum as early as possible.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing offers walk-up tours on a first-come first-served basis. You may find more information here. As the website notes, timed passes are given out each morning, and you must line up early to ensure that you receive a pass.

Tours of the National Archives are offered daily and do not require advance reservations or timed passes. If you wish to avoid waiting in line outside, you can purchase advance reservations for $1.50 per person here. During popular times of year (Spring Break, summer vacations, etc), the wait to get into the building can take up to one hour or more, so the passes are an easy way to skip the line.

These are only a few of the many places you can go! I’d definitely recommend checking out some of the Smithsonian Museums. They are free to visit and have some really cool things to see!

By listing this item I verify that I am the actual travel coordinator or travel provider and not a third party affiliate. The travel/accommodations in this event will be booked directly through me and not an outside agency.

Please note: We reserve the right to cancel this trip due to low participation, all funds will be refunded in the event ForwardtoDC cancels the trip.


Early Bird Special Nov 12-23, 2012

*$750/person/quad occupancy

*$1500/person/double occupancy
*A non-refundable deposit of 50% (of the total) will hold your seat and hotel room (due immediately). First Payment is due by November 23, 2012

Installment payments:

*1st payment amount of 1/3 of the remaining balance is due on Dec, 1. 2012.

*2nd payment amount of 2/3 of the remaining balance is due on Dec 8, 2012

*3rd and final payment paid in full is due on Dec 15, 2012

Late registration: – After Nov 27, 2012

^$900/person/quad occupancy

^1800/person/double occupancy

^A non-refundable deposit of 50% (of the total) will hold your seat and hotel room (due immediately). First Payment is due by Nov 30, 2012,

Installment payments:

*1st payment amount of 1/2 of the remaining balance is due on Dec, 8. 2012.

*2nd and final payment paid in full is due on Dec 15, 2012
Refund: No refunds will be issued after Dec 8, 2012

**Tour of the White House(optional)

Send all White House tour inquiries to

White House Security instructions (Please do not submit any confidential information during your initial purchase)

All visitors requesting a visit to the White House must submit the following information to Secret Service:

Last Name

First Name


This should be your middle initial. It can also be your full middle name. This field cannot be left blank – if you have no middle name, please enter NMN (for No Middle Name).


Date of birth must be entered in the following format: MM/DD/YYYY


Your Social Security number should be entered with no dashes and must be 9 digits. (e.g. 012345678)


Y/N – If you are a US citizen, put Y – if not, put N.


This is the country where you were born. Please use the 2 letter Country Code from the list found below.


M/F – This should match what is on your government issued ID

City and State:

This is the individual’s primary residence. The city and state of residence for foreign visitors should match the location where they are currently residing in the United States during their stay.

**Please note that the spreadsheet should contain no punctuation and no spaces except for slashes in the date field**

Identification Requirements Reminder

All guests 18 years of age or older will be required to present government issued photo identification at the gate. Acceptable forms of ID include:

Valid Government issued United States drivers license

Valid Government issued United States identification card

Valid United States or other official government issued passport

Valid United States State Department Diplomatic ID

Valid PIV card

All foreign nationals must present their passport. All other forms of foreign identification will not be accepted.

Inaugural Ceremony
Please understands that purchasing a seat on the bus does not imply you will receive a ticket to the Inaugural Swearing-In at the U.S. Capitol. Please contact your congressman to find out if you can obtain tickets to the inauguration. Each Congressional office receives a limited number of tickets for the ceremony as determined by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Please note that we cannot provide tickets to private inauguration events such as the balls, etc.

For additional information on private events, follow the links below.

Inaugural Parade
The inaugural parade is open to the public. For more information, please visit

Inaugural Balls
The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) plans the official Presidential Inaugural Balls. These events require tickets that will be available only through the PIC. Please visit for more information.

 Midwest Bus Trip to President Obama Swearing In Ceremony

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My public high school threatened to suspend 20 students for wearing pro-gay t-shirts. Tell my school to stop discriminating and allow students to create a Gay-Straight Alliance.
Sign My Petition


The students at my high school need your help. I’m a 16-year-old junior at Celina High School — a public high school in northwest Ohio. We’re trying to make our school more accepting and safe for gay students, but the administration won’t let us.

Recently, 20 students tried to fight homophobia by wearing homemade t-shirts to school that said things like “Straight but Supportive” and “I Support [Rainbow].” Our Vice Principal told students that they had to stop wearing the shirts or face suspension.

I’m straight, but I think it’s wrong that my school is discriminating against gay students and suppressing students’ rights to express our opinions.

I started a petition on demanding that my school promote a more welcoming environment, including allowing students to create a Gay-Straight Alliance. Click here to add your name.

We all know that anti-gay bullying is a serious problem. In the past few years, we have seen so many kids tragically take their own lives because they were bullied for being gay or perceived to be gay.

I think it’s crazy that at my school, it’s not the kids doing the bullying. It’s the adults who are supposed to be our leaders and role models.

Well I’m not going to take it anymore. Other kids have gotten their schools to allow Gay-Straight Alliances after they started petitions on — I know that if enough people sign my petition, my school administrators will cease their shameful behavior and create an environment that is supportive for all students, not just straight ones.

Click here to sign my petition demanding that the administrators at my public high school allow students to create a Gay-Straight Alliance.

Thank you,

Erick Warner
Celina, OH

Plant trees to fight poverty


Last month, Earth Day Network made a major commitment through the Global Poverty Project: We’re going to plant 10 million trees in impoverished areas around the world in five years.  And we need your help to make it happen.

For every dollar you donate, we’ll plant one tree.

Why trees? Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income, helping communities to achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change.  

With the reality of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and more frequent and violent storms and floods, tree cover to prevent devastating soil erosion has never been more important.

Donate today to plant trees where they’re needed most.

It’s the world’s poor whose health and livelihoods suffer the most from the effects of environmental degradation. But while those in poverty bear the brunt of these environmental problems, they contribute very little to the problems’ causes. That’s unjust, and we have to do something about it.

You can do something about it through your generous donation to plant trees in the areas of the world where they’ll do the most good for the most vulnerable populations.

The planet is losing nearly 15,000,000 hectares of forest each year. Through our Canopy Project, Earth Day Network has been working tirelessly to reverse this devastating deforestation by planting millions of trees in places like Uganda, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and more.

These trees are not only healing the planet, they’re mending local economies and improving the quality of life for those living in extreme poverty. But we have to do more. Please consider contributing to this critical effort today.

Thanks for all your support,

Kathleen Rogers
President, Earth Day Networ

Stop diabetes


November is American Diabetes Month

Throughout November, visit Walgreens to show your support for American Diabetes Month.

This November, join Walgreens and the American Diabetes Association® in the movement to Stop Diabetes®.

The American Diabetes Association is excited to announce that Walgreens is continuing their support for the Association as a National Strategic Partner. To kick off the collaboration, Walgreens will be conducting a pin pad donation campaign this November during American Diabetes Month®. From now until Nov. 30, participate at your local Walgreens by donating $1, $2, $5 or $10 when you use a debit or credit card, and help raise critical funds for resources and educational programs in local communities.

In addition, as part of their renewed commitment to the Association, Walgreens continues to support activities designed to help those at highest risk for type 2 diabetes become aware and take action to Stop Diabetes before it starts through the Association’s CheckUp America prevention initiative.

We would also like to applaud Walgreens for their ongoing dedication in support of our signature fundraising events and mission driven activities. Walgreens is not only a National Sponsor of Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes®, but this year, they have also won the honor of having the country’s number one National Employee Walk Team in history! Walgreens continues to participate in multiple markets at our American Diabetes Association EXPO®, geared to bring the Association’s mission to life, encouraging attendees to learn to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes. Throughout November, get involved in American Diabetes Month. Visit Walgreens to show your support. Join the Millions® in the movement to Stop Diabetes