Monday was an amazing day. Our team of 3 providers and 4 RN’s worked throughout the day to complete 53 sports physicals for children at Wounded Knee School in Manderson, SD. The school staff were very helpful and the students were great! Set up was swift and the teamwork made for a great workflow.
After finishing the physicals, we traveled to the Singing Horse Trading Post and also the nearby Visitor Center run by the Ogalala Lakota community. Ruth made a reservation for us at Bette’s Kitchen, just outside Manderson.
Bette and her husband have opened their home to serve lunch or dinner, all home cooked and deliciously prepared by Bette, a retired RN, for groups of 10-75. In addition to a great meal and kind hospitality in a peaceful, scenic place, Bette had a wall of pictures we asked her about. We were all impressed. Bette is the great granddaughter of Black Elk and was raised by her grandfather, Ben Black Elk. Both widely well known and respected Lakota men.
It was good to return to the “ranch”, as the day was long but very worthwhile, and we are ready to rest up for another day. Off to Porcupine Headstart tomorrow.
Submitted by Kellie Backman, NP & Sandy Littlejohn, Trip Lead