Thursday night the entire group came together for a final sharing. Ted posed two questions to us:
- What is the greatest gift you received?
- What would you leave behind?
Here are a few of those reflections:
Thursday – our final day on the Reservation – went well. Half our group went to work sites in 100 degree temperatures. They skirted trailers, build decks, made bunkbeds and delivered them. The tour group went into Pine Ridge to see the hospital (woefully inadequate as it is), the local public high school, Red Cloud Jesuit High School and Heritage Center, Bettie’s Kitchen for lunch, Singing Horse Trading Post, and Oglala College. It was full-day tour and a very good way to see life on the Reservation. In the evening, we spent time cleaning up around Re-Member and offering our final reflections of the week. Our smaller Sacred Heart group wrote six-word reflections (see below) and exchanged our small containers with our keep-sake item. We will mail them back to each other later.
- Easy to experience, difficult to remember (Maya)
- Children’s eyes glowing from humble gifts (Caroline)
- Friendship can travel miles if heartfelt (Lucas)
- Sharing with people and learning together (Jaycee)
- Learning about and loving a culture together (Laura)
- The unknown, hearts open, the Lakota (Skyler)
- Their weeds cannot destroy the flowers (Juliana)
- Friendship builds the bridge to hope (Juliana)
- Sad faces become happy, beautiful emotions (Matthew)
- Reach out and make a difference (Margaux)
- A week that changed my life (Kalyna)
- At Wounded Knee, a boy survived (Olenka)
- Changed, inspired, safe, happy, eyes-opened, beautiful (Maisie)
- Lakota were mistreated yet incredibly kind (Ella)
- Many different stories give new perspectives (Katy)
- Beauty in words, grace in action (Julian)
- Beautiful people and land inspired advocacy (Grace)
- I may never know, listening now (Dana, Chaperon)
- Trailers, poverty, dogs, heart, soul, service (Jan, Chaperon)
- A “reserved” people fighting, hoping still (Ray, Chaperon)
Thursday morning sunrise on the Reservation
Skyler with Blondie at Re-Member
Skyler with Blondie at the stop of the day.
View of the Reservation on tour day.
Katy with Bettie’s dog
Katy with Bettie’s dog at Bettie’s Kitchen
Lunch time at Bettie’s Kitchen on Tour Day.
Red Cloud’s grave
Red Cloud’s grave (1822-1909)
Statue of Mary in Red Cloud High School chapel
Windows in Red Cloud High School chapel
Rose window showing Jesus with Native American children.
Sanctuary in Red Cloud HS Chapel
The chapel at Red Cloud High School
Red Cloud High School; Heritage Center
Skyler reflects on his time at Re-Member and on the Reservation . . .
Today on Pine Ridge Reservation we began the day as usual with Ted talking with us about life on the Reservation and the Lakota People. Some of our group went touring and others continued with work projects. May of the project are skirting of trailer homes for winter and building bunk beds. Some have the opportunity to deliver the beds and this is a very special encounter with the Lakota people. Other students went on a tour of the Reservation. People went to see Red Cloud school, the town of Pine Ridge, lunch at Bettie’s Kitchen, the Trading Post, and Oglala College. I didn’t go on tour. So, the pictures are of my work site for the day. In the evening, we welcomed the local Lakota artists to Re-Member for dinner and the selling of their work. It was great to have the kids come. Our students welcomed and played well with the kids.
Our sleeping area at Re-Member
Playing cards before breakfast
Jaycee with Almedon and another student measuring wood for a project
Loading up the trailer with supplies
Matt and a AmeriCorps member carrying water.
On site making framing for skirting of a trailer home.
Young women from other places.
What the project looks like
Our group at lunch break.
Maisie and Katy at the Arts & Craft Fair.
Matt playing with the kids. Skyler and Kalyna in the background
Skyler and Kalyna playing vollyball
Caroline buying fried Lakota bread.
Matt and Skyler
Lakota Fried Bread
Dinner outside with Lakota artisans.
Matt helps out a young Lakota
Artwork by local artist.
Jaycee playing basketball
Juliana with kids
Maya playing with child
Juliana and Margaux
Evening speaker, Carol Iron Rope, speaking about the importance of family and children
Juliana . . . again