Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Location | Allen, South Dakota
Service Opportunities | Agriculture, sustainable development, cultural learning and exchange
Cultural and Recreational Highlights | Meeting with local community leaders, listening to stories about relevant historic and cultural issues, local games, sweat lodge ceremony, Wounded Knee Memorial, Rapid City, Badlands National Park, Crazyhorse National Monument, Wind Cave National Park
Through this program, participants will have the opportunity to learn about Lakota life and culture, work on a community-led service project, and explore the natural beauty of the area. Projects include working on agricultural initiatives, including assisting with clearing, planting, watering crops, as well as bridge building, wood gathering, and much more.
Lodging Motels and Tipis | Food American fare, Traditional indigenous cuisine
Flights Rapid City, SD or Denver, CO | Visa N
Communication Cell phone service is usually strong on top of hills, weak or nonexistent in ridge valleys. | Closest Airport Rapid City, SD or Denver, CO
Our Community Partners
The Pine Ridge Agricultural Initiative | This is a group of organizers and Lakota elders dedicated to ushering in a sustainable future for the health and wellbeing of the Oglala Lakota people. Currently, they are working to establish an organic Farm, Education and Resource Center on Poor Bear family land near Allen, SD. They are also constructing greenhouses; fencing off the gardens from grazing cattle and wild animals; drilling a well for irrigation and drinking water; cultivating the soil with organic fertilizer; sowing seed and tending crops; purchasing and feeding livestock; constructing a community building and purchasing a delivery van to bring the food to the people.
Local Community Members and Residents | Projects may also include serving with local community members to assist local residents with home repairs or improvements to family-land and farms. This service is regularly tied to community members who cook for visiting groups, provide demonstrations, and teach about traditional Lakota practices. These service projects not only provide much needed assistance to community members but also act as opportunities for participants to learn about culture and ways of life.