PINE RIDGE

Knife Chief Buffalo Nation
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Course Details

Dates


July 5 to July 12, 2017

8 Days

Arrival City


Rapid City, South Dakota

Tuition: $1505 – $1605 *
* important details here

Dates, costs, and descriptions for summer 2018 courses will be available on November 1, 2017

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SStS partners with the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation to support projects that preserve Lakota traditions and enhance spiritual and economic self-sufficiency.
The SStS Pine Ridge course occurs on a Native American reservation, which is home to 26,000 members of the Lakota Nation.

After arriving in Rapid City, South Dakota, students will be greeted by our non-profit partner, the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation. For a variety of historical, geographic, political, and economic reasons, the Pine Ridge Reservation is the second poorest county in the United States. In the midst of these challenging circumstances, the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation is working to reclaim 1800 acres of their ancestral lands in order to restore the buffalo herds that once roamed freely on the Great Plains. It is their vision that reclaiming this land and reintroducing the buffalo will better connect the Lakota people with their ancestral home for both economic and cultural reasons. In addition to this buffalo project, the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation also hosts camps, guided by tribal elders, for Lakota children that are intended to revive vibrant traditional beliefs and ways of living.

While in Pine Ridge, the group will work shoulder-to-shoulder with the leaders of the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation as well as a group of local Lakota youth. The primary focus of their project will be helping to support a camp that is designed to allow Lakota children to begin healing from any trauma that they have experienced in their lives. In order to enhance their understanding of the history of the Lakota people, the group may also gather materials for ceremonies that will occur during the camp or build fences for a new buffalo pasture. Throughout the project phase, participants will camp in a ponderosa forest close to where the Knife Chief holds their annual Sun Dances. SStS students will also have the opportunity to participate in traditional Lakota ceremonies. During their time in Pine Ridge, they will learn about how thoughtful and committed grassroots leaders are embracing traditional Lakota beliefs as a means to address modern challenges.

Course Elements

The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.

4
Service80%

The group’s primary focus will be helping the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation to facilitate a children’s healing camp. For example, students may help to put up tipis and gather plants necessary for traditional ceremonies. They may also help to build or repair fences for a buffalo pasture.

5
Curriculum99.9%

Prior to their travels, students complete a series of online activities (30 minutes each). While traveling, they also read engaging articles, participate in cultural experiences, and create presentations in small groups.

2
Trekking40%

While on the reservation, the group may explore cultural and historical sites such as Wounded Knee on foot. They also might hike in the grasslands while collecting plants for the children’s camp or working on the buffalo pasture. Additionally, they will climb a mountain in the Black Hills that is sacred for the Lakota.

5
Living Conditions99.9%

The group will camp in tents throughout their time on the Pine Ridge Reservation and while visiting the Black Hills.

3
On the Move60%

After arriving in Rapid City, the group will drive for a couple hours to their project site in the Black Hills. After completing their work with the healing camp, they will drive to the town of Porcupine for the second part of their project. They will then return to Rapid City at the end of the course.

1
Homestay20%

Although the group will stay near the children’s camp or the buffalo pastures, they do not stay in the homes of individual families.

5
Remoteness99.9%

Throughout their time on the Pine Ridge Reservation and in the Black Hills, the group will be camping in rural and sparsely populated areas.

Element Descriptions

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day, introductions with the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation

Day 2

Begin with the children’s camp, orientation about the mission and goals of Knife Chief

Day 3

Continue with the children’s camp, cultural experience and guest speakers

Day 4

Project work, presentation about life on the reservation, visit Harney Peak or Bear Butte

Day 5

Travel to Porcupine, begin new project work, visit Wounded Knee, guest speakers

Day 6

Project work, visit Pine Ridge or White Clay, cultural experience and begin debrief

Day 7

Finish project work and debrief, closing ceremony, return to Rapid City

Day 8

Departure day

Pine Ridge

: In Three Phases

1


the 5 Lenses Curriculum

Prior to departure, students are guided by their course instructors through a series of interactive, online lessons. Organized by SStS’s Five Lenses Curriculum, these activities (30 minutes per week) allow students to directly engage with other members of
the group.

2


partnering with ngos

The majority of the days at each site are spent engaged in meaningful service work with our NGO (non-governmental organization) partner. Days not dedicated to project work are spent immersed in intriguing cultural activities.

3


post travel advocacy

During the next school year, students educate others by advocating for our NGO partner through public presentations to the community at large and/or younger, school-based audiences.

Travel Journal

During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. Explore the posts below to learn about the SStS Pine Ridge program from the important viewpoint of our students.

Explore Pine Ridge

Important Details

Cost Information

Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $1505
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $1605

SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students whose circumstances preclude paying the full cost. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate so on the application.

Please note, tuition does not include airfare.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive fares.

Travel Expectations

Please note that we expect all participants to arrive in Rapid City, South Dakota within a defined window of time to be picked up by their course instructors. Additionally, traveling as a group inevitably includes “the unexpected.” SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.

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