The 2020 Presidential Election is coming down to the wire and as the results are rolling in, people are reminding everyone that the fight has just started. One of the battles is over clean water for Native Americans.
Last month, singer Lana Del Rey donated $350,000 to DigDeep, which is a non-profit organization that is helping to provide the 2.2 million Americans who don’t have running water or basic plumbing. In a post made on Election night, Del Rey posted photos and videos of the people and places that the non-profit is aiming to help.
“No matter what the results of the election just remember we can each as individuals shine brightly and contribute to our world in our own individual way,” she wrote on an Instagram post.
“As I’ve been lucky enough to be given an advance from Simon and Schuster, I’m so grateful to be able to spread that money around to foundations that are in need of our help beginning with foundations connected to the Navajo community. We hope the @digdeepwater project will find relief with the $350,000 that we delivered to them last month.”
The advance from publishing house Simon and Schuster that she mentioned is from her poetry book that came out at the end of September. She also said that her donation to this organization is just one of many that she made, telling her fans at the end of the post, “I personally have always believed in personal reparations to give back to the people who have shaped our land. I look forward to updating you on the rest of the donations that we make throughout the year.”
Her fans expressed their excitement about her donation writing in the comments section of her Instagram post, “Not many celebrities and wealthy figures even address the issues plaguing Native American reservations, much less donating $350k,” one user replied, “Thank you.”
People also took to Twitter to comment on her gesture of goodwill. “As a native person whose tribe (Ojibwe, not Navajo) is also affected by the same issue of reduced access to clean water, I respect her so much for this,” a user tweeted, “Non-natives might not realize it, but it means so much that she’s doing this because having clean water is so critical to us.”