Pine Ridge Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip
Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation
June 13-30, 2022
Chaperones: Karen Beck, Program Director, Spanish teacher, World Languages Department
Brebeuf Chaperone(s) – Cory Watkins, Brebeuf Jesuit Head Wrestling Coach
Additional Chaperones TBD
Fr. Chris Johnson, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Jesuit Identity
Fr. Ron Seminara, S.J., Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Red Cloud School, South Dakota
Cost of the program:
$1,950.00 – Cost includes all transportation, lodging and camping, all meals and snacks, tours, guides, fees, service goods and mission work contributions.
Application Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022
Note: A $100 deposit is required with application.
Each summer, Brebeuf students are invited to experience a unique cultural immersion and service-oriented mission trip to the Oglala Lakota people of 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 this poverty, often overlooked or unknown by those who do not live on or near any of the tribal reservations in the United States. 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. According to the 2010 census, the population on the Pine Ridge Reservation is approximately 18,834. Per capita income for American Indians living on Pine Ridge is $7,773. The average for all reservations is $10,543. The United States average is $27,599. The median household income is $26,721 for American Indians living on Pine Ridge Reservation. The United States average is $53,482. Pine Ridge Reservation ranks as the “poorest” in the nation.
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