by Laura Jacobson This is the word that comes to mind when I think about the Lakota patients we have seen. Their spirit of compassion and generosity despite enduring so many hardships both in the past and the present is humbling. I was so grateful to hear the life stories of patients throughout the week. … Continue reading Resilience
by Willem Schott This blog post is less about a specific moment, place, or person on Pine Ridge and more about the feelings I’m left with after just a few short days in this amazing place. As part of the organizing team for the upcoming Health For The Generations (HFTG) camp in La Crosse, and … Continue reading Learning from Patience and Power
by Lydia Russell We are driving to the clinic for the 4th day, and this 40 minute drive provides an opportunity to reflect on our trip thus far. Coming here we weren’t exactly sure what our role as nursing students would be, and part of that confusion was due in part to having never really … Continue reading What is Rural Health Nursing?
by Kristen Kotzer Today is trip day #3, clinic day #2, and so it only seems fitting for this to be blog #1 for me. Reflecting on the entirety of the past few days from the 10 hour drive, where we discovered who has the best lead foot, to laying down the rubber driving uphill, … Continue reading Island in the Sky
by Willem Schott As we roll onto the reservation our van is tired and dusty, but interested and hungry. We drove long hours to reach Pine Ridge, stopping along the way to learn at the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center. This center highlighted the birth of Lakota culture along with the neighboring school, but … Continue reading Right Place, Right Time
by Gene Kolaczkowski Today the final day of Children’s Healing Camp. One of our main goals of camp are to teach the children about emotions, how to express them and regulate them. I think we were having to practice some of the same skills ourselves. Volunteering for this week bring out so many strong emotions, it … Continue reading “Until We Meet Again”
After breakfast, this morning started with the women volunteers being invited to an Inipi orientation. We were so honored to learn through this experience about the traditions of Inipi (means to live again) which is a sacred cleansing ceremony for the Lakota people. Many of the children we have been working with participated in this … Continue reading Healing Through Play