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SStS partners with the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Society 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 Society. 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 Society 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.
While in South Dakota, the group will work shoulder-to-shoulder with the leaders of the Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Society as well as youth from Project Venture and Thundervalley CDC, two local nonprofit organizations. The primary focus of their project will be helping to support various initiatives on the reservation from constructing a playground, to working on the buffalo pasture, to preparing for and supporting a local community event. During part of 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.
The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
PINE RIDGE // 2015 COURSE
Pine RidgePhoto Gallery
Pine Ridge : In Three Phases
THE 5 LENSES CURRICULUM
PARTNERING WITH NGOS
POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY
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.
Students who attend a school that is a member of SStS’s Global Schools Coalition receive a tuition discount. To see the list of schools in the coalition, click HERE. The prices below are from 2021. 2022 pricing is coming soon.
Tuition (students from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $2000
Tuition (students not from members of the Global Schools Coalition): $2100
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. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
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.
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.