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New women and children's shelter opens on Pine Ridge 5-13-07

KYLE, S.D. (AP) - A new shelter has opened on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation to help victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse,
replacing one that opened 10 years ago.

The 7,800-square-foot building cost $1.25 million and can house up to
36 women and children. It also has offices for administration and
counseling services.

“We're seeing more situations where women have received information
about domestic violence and they're leaving before they're
assaulted,” said Cangleska Director Karen Artichoker.

Cangleska also runs a shelter in Rapid City.

Funding for the Kyle building came through loans, grants and
donations from: USDA Rural Development, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Medicine
Root District, All Tribes Foundation, Jane Fonda, Rosanne Barr
Foundation, Native American Bank, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux
Community, V-Day and Eve Ensler.

One woman said that besides offering protection, the shelter will
help build the self esteem of women who've been told they're worth
nothing, Artichoker said.

“No shelter, no matter how nice it is, can ever replace a home. But
we hope that women and their children will feel comfortable here,
will be able to get some breathing space,” she said. “I think when
children are comfortable and they have the space to roam it lessens
conflict and makes women feel more at ease.”

Which helps the mothers make better decisions, Artichoker said.
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