By Carolyn Devine
We left bright (not really, it was still dark) and early this morning for another trip. We’re a small group – only 4 – but this is a first trip for 2 of us. I always like to come out with folks for their first time. We pretty much drove straight through, although we stopped at the rest area in Chamberlain and saw a pretty amazing new piece of artwork. It’s about 50 feet tall and is called “Dignity”. I don’t have any pictures as Jeff took them, but maybe he can attach them tomorrow when he signs on.
We made it to the reservation in record time, so we were able to go right to Wounded Knee where we met up with Dakota High Hawk. He gave us a wonderful (as always) narrative about the history of Pine Ridge and the Lakota people. We all bought some cool stuff from the locals who were selling their amazing bead work.
After we left Wounded Knee, we went over to the college and got set up for the work that Jeff and Cindy Reiland will be doing with the Head Start folks. We had just enough time to hit the bookstore and check in to the LPR. We were all starving, having survived all day on “road snacks”, so we had a filling dinner (complete with pie) at the cafe. I know that I, for one, am about ready to drop over. I think we’ll all sleep well tonight!!