Not-for-profit organization founded in honor of Jim Thorpe, along with strategic partners, brings new water-producing technology to communities on the Pine Ridge Reservation

PIN PEAK, SD, December 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As Americans grapple with supply chain issues, rising food prices and the resurgence of the coronavirus, the nonprofit Bright Path Strong is a beacon in time for vacations. In collaboration with a coalition of partners, the non-profit association founded in legendary athlete Jim Thorpe’s name donates a life-changing water-generating device to a desperately needed Native American community.

Watergen’s GEN-M machine is donated to the Oglala Sioux tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It will create high quality drinking water by extracting moisture from the air and filtering it. Depending on the geographic location of the climate, Watergen’s GEN-M machine can generate up to 233 gallons per day. The donation is part of Bright Path Strong’s mission to embody the selfless and generous spirit of legendary athlete Sac and Fox and Potawatomi. “Bright Path” was the English translation of Jim Thorpe’s Sac and Fox’s name, Wa-Tho-Huk.

“Growing up I heard my dad tell stories about his friend Jim Thorpe’s generosity and compassion towards other indigenous communities, ”said Bright Path Strong co-founder Nedra Darling, who is a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation of the Prairie Band. “Jim thorpe was kind, humble and generous. Bring water to Pine ridge is something Jim would have absolutely been a part of, especially at this time of year. “

Lack of access to clean water is a serious problem in many tribal reserves. A 2018 study by the US Water Alliance and the nonprofit DigDeep found that Native American households were nearly 20 times more likely to lack indoor plumbing than white households. Sustainable and clean drinking water is essential for basic public health.

Earlier this year, Bright Path Strong challenged Americans to join the movement to bring water to areas of the Indian country that lack critical access. Distribution company owned by Watergen and Native Americans 4D, LLC Products and Services pledged to match donated funds. These donations and a generous donation from the Huntsman Foundation helped make this challenge a reality for the people of Pine ridge. They have been plagued for generations by poor water quality and obstacles to access to water. Trucking water across the reserve and the federal government’s broken promises to improve infrastructure have become a way of life at Pine ridge.

“With this gift, Bright Path Strong has brought a next generation product to our tribe when it comes to water needs. We hope to bring this product to all nine districts,” said Kevin killer, president of the Oglala Sioux tribe. “Together with Bright Path Strong, we can help the people of our tribe, one gallon at a time. Woplia (thank you).”

To learn more about our mission to bring water to disadvantaged Indigenous communities, visit

Contact: Nedra Darling Phone: (424) 281-0031 Email: [email protected]

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