Yardley couple’s mission: Helping Native Americans

by Judi Biederman

There is an old Native American proverb that says, “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” If that is true, then Barbara and John Lawless of Yardley are leaving deep imprints on the world they inhabit.

For more than 20 years, they have been collecting and sending donations to needy Native Americans in western states. Barbara estimates that their efforts have resulted in the shipment of 64 tons of goods and 24,000 books.

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Americans for Native Americans

Americans for Native Americans (ANA) was started by Bill and Connie Eastburn in 1991. Their introduction to our neighbors in the Southwest has established partners and, more important, great friendships with many volunteers in the Bucks County area. Bill and Connie did not believe the stereotypes our society has created for these first Americans. They saw neighbors with a need and asked them if they could be their partners. They created a relationship of mutual understanding and respect for each other.

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Americans for Native Americans

Americans for Native Americans (ANA) was started by Bill and Connie Eastburn in 1991. Their introduction to our neighbors in the Southwest has established partners and, more important, great friendships with many volunteers in the Bucks County area. Bill and Connie did not believe the stereotypes our society has created for these first Americans. They saw neighbors with a need and asked them if they could be their partners. They created a relationship of mutual understanding and respect for each other.

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Arrows holding Native American event Nov. 15th

Arrows, a recently formed PA-based non-profit, serving Native Americans, will host its first event, a Native American Indian event, on November 15th, between 3:30 and 9:30pm, at Yardley Methodist Church, 300 Yardley-Langhorne Road, Yardley. Speakers will include Arrows’ cofounder, Chief Joseph Brings Plenty and his brother, Moses Brings Plenty. Topics covered will include Lakota Indian traditions and spirituality, life on the reservation today, and the children. Photographs and stories will be shared.

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