Tag: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Solutions Expedition: Pine Ridge, South Dakota

The Solutions expedition to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was a complete success! Nico, Wesley, and I, were the staff members for the trip and we had a group of 8 fantastic clients. Each and every client had extremely positive attitudes and participated fully with all of the projects and general work that was done throughout the week. This was my third trip to Pine Ridge (second as a staff member) and this was by far the best group of guys that I have had the opportunity to be a part of. Everyone was very receptive to the entire process of being there, serving, and learning about the culture and history of the natives. There were two college groups, a group of eighth grade students from Boulder, a group from Americorps, and a few other individuals who were all staying at Re-member with us and working with us…

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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Sober volunteer support

At the end of a nine-hour drive, the Jaywalker Solutions clients and three staff members landed in another culture and another world: the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Three distinctly different organizations, an adult church group from New Hampshire, an inner city Boston high school group, and Jaywalkers made an eclectic team of 40 workers who were scheduled to work over the next few days. We were mixed together in teams of four and assigned projects by Re-Member, an organization that has been serving on the reservation for 17 years. We skirted trailers, built handicap ramps and stairs, dug holes and built outhouses, and started summer gardens. On most nights our groups listened to Native American speakers who challenged beliefs and assumptions that most of us hold about the lives lived on the reservation, and more importantly, why these people live as they do. We learned about their matriarchal culture, a…

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Big Bus

For the last five years the Jaywalker Solutions men have been traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to do volunteer service work. Our men have worked on projects that include repairing trailers, constructing outhouses, harvesting food and building bunk beds. It is an experience that our men will remember for the rest of their lives. The experience has been so profound that Jaywalker decided to donate one of our vehicles as thanks for giving our men such an amazing experience. For more information on the relationship between Jaywalker and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation please click here! Donnie Hagenbart Admissions & Marketing Manager Jaywalker Lodge

Pine Ridge

“It is hard being poor” said Will Peters, a Lakota high school teacher born and raised on the reservation. “But I’m not leaving. I have two degrees, my wife has three. We could go anywhere. My home is here, our home is here. My ancestors are buried on this land. We are needed and no amount of hardship will make us cut and run. So we stay to ease the burden of poverty and oppression endured by so many. It is who we are.” A common question asked by those who visit Pine Ridge is, “Why don’t they just leave?” It’s simple. The Lakota are family born of a common history, a common spirit, a common pride. One does not leave this family, no matter the circumstance. There are NO orphans. This culture of poverty creates many obstacles to a life fulfilled, and many do not find it. But many…

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Re-member

This year the Solutions men traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to work with the service organization Re-Member.  In the past few years Jaywalker has been honored to work with Re-Member.  Accompanying Solutions, for this trip, was Dan Reed Solutions Program Director and Bobby Ferguson Jaywalker Founder.  They got a chance to do an interview with Re-Member and impart some of the wisdom and benefits of trips like this. Solutions will again be traveling to Pine Ridge early this September. For a link to the Re-member blog please click here. Cary Pew Program Coordinator Jaywalker Solutions