Monday, July 28, 2014

Pine Ridge

I won't be blogging this week, because I am with a group of youth from my congregation at the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Oglala Lakota.  Stories about Pine Ridge usually focus on poverty and alcoholism, but so far, I've noticed the strong family bonds, a deep respect for elders, as well as the efforts to instill in the youth a sense of pride in Lakota traditions.  I may write more about the experience later, but for now, I'll just leave you with a few images from our experience so far:

The Badlands.

St. John's Church, a rural parish near Oglala, South Dakota, where where we worshiped yesterday.

An image from a pow-wow near Red Shirt Table.

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