Changing Lives

by Hannah Turnipseed On Sunday July 16th the Health Science Academy Youth leadership camp and Lakota youth campers made our way back to LaCrosse. Throughout the week I was in South Dakota, I learned more than what I could imagined. I was told by many that I would come back home with a different outlook on life, … Continue reading Changing Lives

Traveling Home

by Laura Munson Today is traveling home day.  Over all, this week was filled with amazing opportunities from fun to serious topics.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves learning more about the Lakota culture and getting to know their peers and new friends. The whole trip taught me so much. One of my favorite days happened … Continue reading Traveling Home


The DOJ (appropriately located on “Horse Thief Pkwy”) was a change from Wanblee—we set up in two offices and a hallway, and anticipated our 24 scheduled law enforcement officials for their appointments… needless to say, that didn’t go quite as planned—during our 2 days of providing these physicals, probably 2 people showed up at their … Continue reading Disparities

Moving Forward

Before leaving for the Department of Justice to continue with the physical exams, we visited the Oglala Lakota College Historical Center. We viewed a video and listened to an audiotape that chronicled the history of the Oglala Lakota from the early 1800’s to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. We were struck by the suffering … Continue reading Moving Forward