Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip 2017
South Dakota – Home of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation
June 6-21, 2017
Each summer, Brebeuf students are invited to experience a unique cultural immersion and mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota. This cultural immersion experience reflects the Brebeuf Mission Statement in that this type of experience fosters a culture of understanding and dialogue with people of diverse religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
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Native American reservations in the United States are among the most impoverished areas, and students are immersed in the realities of “third world countries” within our own. Pine Ridge Reservation is the second-largest reservation in the United States. Per capita income is approximately $2,600 to $4,000 per year, and the unemployment rate is approximately 80-90%. About 97% of the population lives below federal poverty levels. Tribal Government records show 38,000 enrolled members living on Pine Ridge Reservation.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is part of the Great Sioux Nation whose land base is in accordance with the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. The Great Sioux Nation extended from the Big Horn Mountains in the west to the eastern Wisconsin. The territory extended from Canada in the north to the Republican River in Kansas in the south. The Great Sioux Nation was reduced in the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty from the Big Horn Mountains in the west to the east side of the Missouri River, the Heart River in North Dakota in the north and the Platte River in Nebraska to the south. This includes the entire western half of South Dakota. The Black Hills are located in the center the Great Sioux Nation. The Black Hills are sacred to the Lakota/ Dakota people and today considered an important part of their spiritual lives. Despite all the adversity encountered by the Oglala they remain a people of vitality, hopefulness, and with their cultural identity intact.