To the editor, Southampton Press:
The Padoquohan Medicine Lodge,Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization, has a tradition of giving help to women raising families on the Shinnecock Reservation. This has included renovating homes enabling them to live safely.
Shinnecock elder Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile writes:
"There seem to be so few avenues of help for their basic needs.
Emergencies are often unable to be met, so they try to do without. This only leads to a worse condition. And still, they send clean children to school every day on the bus. They are strong.
We need to help one such woman, now a grandmother, to have a safe and warm house for this winter. Only $50,000 would make it possible. The land and the general contractor are in place ready to have building begin, but no funds to bring in a building. Any help will be appreciated."
The Padoquohan Medicine Lodge's address is P.O.Box 5078, Southampton, NY 11969. Further information can be obtained by calling 631- 283 - 8428.