Jessica Schweigert is a Viterbo University graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling program, and part of the volunteer behavioral health team on Pine Ridge this week.
The morning began with a glimpse of a red fox and the hope of a new day and a new experience. As we started finalizing our training for the day we were reminded of our morning meditation that life happens in between the plans we are making and that sometimes some of the best laid plans can fall through but present an even more meaningful opportunity. When we arrived at the Housing Authority in Pine Ridge, we found out that our training was not going to happen but we were presented with an opportunity to learn through the sharing of a Lakota documentary; Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian and through conversation with several members of the Housing Authority.
Sitting with Donna, Lisa, and Mike and learning about what they are doing to aide their community in processing the ongoing crises that are frequently placed in their paths was an important learning experience for each of us. We were also fortunate to witness what Dakota High Hawk shared with us yesterday when he discussed the warrior and leadership identities of the Lakota heritage. This was presented in how these individuals are maintaining their persistence through the challenges. We have been invited back tomorrow for training collaboration and the sharing of a meal with more members of the Housing Authority.
By Jessica Schweigert