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