Pine Ridge Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip
Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation
South Dakota
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

Spiritual Advisors

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.


Travel Scholarship Information

The link to apply for scholarships may be found here.


Apply Online

Students looking to apply online can complete the form below.

Considerations before submitting your application:

  • The application requires a student essay and parent recommendation. Students are encouraged to have these completed before filling out the online form below so they can be attached at the time of submission.
  • Teacher recommendation forms are required as well. These forms can be downloaded above.  Please return these completed forms to Sra. Beck.

Pine Ridge Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip Application

  • Student Information

  • VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS. All student participants MUST BE VACCINATED and proof of vaccination must be submitted with the application to participate in this year's trip. Is the applicant vaccinated?
  • School Information

  • Student Essay

  • Write an essay (minimum 500 words) that explains your reasons for applying to the Pine Ridge Reservation Cultural Immersion and Mission Trip 2022. In this essay, you must clearly address the following:

    • Describe your personality, addressing both strengths and weaknesses.

    • Is this your first trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation or are you returning?

    • Briefly describe your reason for applying to this trip. What do you know about (or, in the case of returnees, what have you learned about) the Native American tribes of north America?

    • Briefly explain why an exchange trip to a Native American reservation is of interest to you.

    • In what ways do you think that this experience might challenge you or change you?

    • How do you view your role in helping to create intercultural bridges and friendships?

    • How will your participation in this immersion experience move you to be more (a) open to growth; (b) intellectually competent; (c) religious; (d) loving; (e) committed to promoting justice?

  • Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • Parent Recommendation

  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) are asked to write a short essay including the following information:

    • Why have you agreed to allow your student to apply to participate in this cultural immersion and mission program?

    • What do you hope your student will learn from this experience?

    • What strengths will your student add to the group?

    • Are there any concerns of which you feel the chaperones should be aware?

  • Max. file size: 128 MB.