Nov 26

Pine Ridge Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip

Pine Ridge Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip
Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation
South Dakota
June 11 – July 1, 2020

Chaperones:       
Karen Beck, Program Director 
(Spanish teacher – World Languages Department)
Brebeuf Chaperone(s) – Cory Watkins, Brebeuf Jesuit Head Wrestling Coach
Michael Dwyer, Japanese teacher, North Central High School (Spouse of Shihling Chui-Dwyer, Brebeuf Jesuit Chinese teacher.  Michael chaperoned Pine Ridge 2017, 2018,2019)
Matthew Tippel, Director of Choirs/General Music Teacher
Other chaperones TBD

Spiritual Advisors:
Fr. Chris Johnson, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Jesuit Identity
Fr. Ron Seminara, S.J. (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation)

Cost of the program:
$1,950.00 – Cost includes transportation, lodging and camping, all food, tours, guides, fees, service goods and mission work contributions

Travel Scholarships are available.  Please click this link to apply.


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. 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. The total land area of the Reservation is 2.1 million acres, with 1.7 million acres held in trust by the United States government. By land area, the reservation is the seventh largest in the country. The median household income is $26,721 per year, and the unemployment rate is approximately 80-90%. The officially reported poverty rate for American Indians living on Pine Ridge is 53.75%. The United States average is 15.6%. Pine Ridge Reservation has the lowest per capita income ($8,768) in the country, and ranks as the “poorest” county in the nation. The South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations reports a total tribal enrollment of 38,332, with 19,639 living on the reservation.


Click here for the application and more information