The Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Youth recently received a generous donation from Mr. James "Pops" Litzau of Wisconsin. Through Russel Masartis of the Tree of Life program located in Mission South Dakota we at the Wanbli Wiconi Tipi have been honored to meet Mr. Litzau who has contributed many wood working tools and organized them to an efficient wood shop for our youth to enjoy. Mr. Litzau has spent countless hours in the program setting up the shop and teaching youth and staff the beautiful techniques of wood crafting and "intarsia" or wood mosaic.
Thank you Mr. James "Pops" Litzau for your help with our youth and our program.
"MATO CIKALA CAN"
Little Wooden Bear
WANBLI WICONI TIPI
WOOD CRAFT SHOP
This is the first artistic project completed in the Wanbli Wiconi
Tipi Wood Craft Shop. The wood art is known as Intarsia or
wood mosaic. The shop started with the generous assistance
of Mr. James Litzau, Milwaukee-Wisconsin and Russel
Masartis of the Tree of Life in Mission-South Dakota.
The shop was started on February 20, 2009 and this project
was completed on February 27, 2009 by a youth artist.
ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE
Office of the President
WHEREAS, The Rosebud Sioux Tribe believes that all children are sacred
and that good positive experiences are key to their development and the future
of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
WHEREAS, The Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Youth Wellness and Renewal Center
is a Rosebud Sioux Tribally Operated youth program that is dedicated to
community improvement by working with adjudicated youth and providing
them an opportunity and an environment to learn and grow and make better
decisions upon release.
WHEREAS, Mr. James Litzau has contributed thousands of dollars in
power tools and wood crafting machinery.
WHEREAS, Mr. James Litzau has contributed many hours of his time
traveling from his home in Milwaukee Wisconsin, setting up the wood shop
equipment and spending time teaching youth and staff about wood crafting
techniques. He arrived at Wanbli Wiconi Tipi on February 19, 2009 and
will depart on March 13, 2009.
WHEREAS, Mr. James Litzau, as an elder has served as a role model
by his portrayal of values such as: Generosity, Humility, Courage, Resilience,
Respect, Fortitude and Wisdom.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Rodney Bordeaux, President of the Rosebud
Sioux Tribe do hereby proclaim March 12, 2009 as:
JAMES LITZAU DAY