Being Rich

Author’s Note:

Sarah is rich. Not in the fancy-cars-and-summers-in-Europe style of rich, but in the we-almost-don’t-even-notice-it way of being rich.

She has a family that loves and cares for her. She lives in a cozy house, wears warm clothing and has plenty to eat. She gets to go to school and prepare for a future in the career of her choice. She even has a choice of where to go to school.

That’s the way it should be, but it’s not that way in other parts of the world. It’s not even that way in some parts of the United States.

In this, one of the richest countries in the world, there are families that are hungry, living in unheated homes with leaky roofs where several people live in tiny cramped rooms.

One of the poorest places in the United States is the Oglala Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. For a better understanding of what life is like for a young person there, watch this documentary with Diane Sawyer, ABC News:

  Hidden America: Children of the Plains

Robert Looks Twice - Oglala Sioux
After watching this video, I would like to invite you to think about what you can do to help make the world a better place.

Talk to your friends. Young people are changing the world in many ways ... you can, too. I would love to hear what you’re doing to contribute to the world. You can email me at

As for me, in addition to the small monthly contribution I make to them, I am going to donate 50% of the net proceeds from this book to the Oglala Lakota College which has the following vision and mission:

Vision Statement: Rebuilding the Lakota Nation through Education

Mission Statement:  The mission which emanates from the charter of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is to educate students for professional and vocational employment opportunities in Lakota country. The College will graduate well-rounded students grounded in Wolakolkiciyapi-learning Lakota ways of life in the community-by teaching Lakota culture and language as part of preparing students to participate in a multicultural world.

Let's join together to change this piece of the world!

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