Today our group of 14 was divided into two locations. The Western Technical College students assisted with school physicals at Porcupine Head Start School while Char, Stacey and Dan taught CPR to Head Start employees at a different neighboring school. Dan floated between the two groups. He was assisting with CPR training and Porcupine School physicals throughout the day. We saw 73 children in total today! 29 from Porcupine, 4 from Wounded Knee, 12 from Manderson, 11 from Kyle and 17 from Allen/Wakpamni.
After the physical exams we decided to do some cultural activities. We went to Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge. We were greeted by Christiana for a tour of the campus. Christiana is a recent college graduate that decided to return to Red Cloud campus to service community relations, such as giving campus tours, advancing Red Cloud staff and connecting with Red Cloud supporters from across the world. To finish our tour, we heard the history of the Holy Rosary Mission Parish, the Oglala Lakota Native Americans and Chief Red Cloud’s educational mission. Christiana was a great tour guide and relayed to our group a touching message:
“You were called here.” -Christiana
Following our cultural activities at Red Cloud campus, we stopped at Wounded Knee Massacre site again to get a better view of the Monument. The mass grave site is enclosed by a chain link fence and has a plot commemorating those who died. When we arrived we all took a minute to stop and think about the tragic events that took place 120+ years ago. We said a silent prayer and viewed the grave sites.
Then, back to the hotel to eat chili that Kellie prepared for the group! It was delicious and hit the spot after another long day doing school physicals. We were eager to meet back up with our instructors to hear how their day went teaching CPR and share with them our experiences from today. After supper we had debriefing about today’s events and took turns sharing what this experience has taught us about ourselves.