The Give Away

In tribal traditions, it is important that when blessed, a person first passes a portion of those blessings onto others. It’s how balance is kept as spirit moves around the invisible web of life. Translated into English, this is called “the giveaway”. As much as possible, ike tries to remember and respect the practice. Below is a brief list of the people and organizations she has favored over time.


Giveaway #1

Since 1990, ike and students in the US and Europe have raised funds to help build existing programs and those being developed in order to improve the lives of tribal children and their families. Working through a network of Grandmothers and school administrators on US Indian reservations, assistance includes:

  • Utility costs for propane and electricity
  • Warm clothing during harsh winters
  • Books for reservation school classrooms; beadwork and other recreational costs for dormitory students
  • Crisis intervention services during such emergencies as home fires, and transportation to off-reservation medical facilities
  • Ceremonial support to uphold tribal traditions

The generosity of all who have shared resources over the years is greatly appreciated.

For more information and to offer a contribution, contact ike[at]


Giveaway #2

Since 2013, ike has provided grant writing and program development consultations with inter-tribal members serving Chinati Ixtlan Village, a nonprofit cultural and land conservancy organization located near the remote West Texas village of Ruidosa, on the border with Mexico. The organization’s mission is to preserve and restore Native sacred lands while providing educational forums on sustainable living practices.


President: Yvette Mendez – Texas, Mescalero, Apache
Vice President: Nora Arias – Texas, Jumano, Apache
Secretary: Laura Rios – Texas-Mexico, Chichimeca Jonaz, Huachichil
Treasurer: Felipe Guate Ajq’ij – Texas-Guatemala, Pocomam, Maya

More information about the Chinati Ixtlan Cultural and Land Conservancy is available at

Giveaway #3

In 2020, ike began to assist her daughter, Tane West, Program Coordinator at the Alice Paul Institute, and a team of others, as they work to expand programming at the Alice Paul Institute, NJ, USA. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed, giving women the right to vote. Alice Paul, lawyer and suffragist, was a key figure in the passage; she also wrote the Equal Rights Amendment, yet to be ratified a hundred years later. The Alice Paul Institute is a not-for-profit that furthers the legacy of Alice Paul and her life’s work for gender equality, and also takes a leadership role in bringing recognition to organizations and historic sites that honor women around the country.



Chair: Deirdre Webster Cobb
Vice Chair: Dottie Schindlinger
Secretary: Jamie Slimm
Treasurer: Isolde Benyo
More information about the Alice Paul Institute is available at