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  • Locations: Pine Ridge Reservation, United States; Rapid City, United States; Yankton, United States
  • Program Terms: May
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Faculty Leader: Steven Hoogerwerf (

Program Dates: May 2019
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Location: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
            Program fee: $1,800 (estimated)
            Tuition cost: 4 credit hours

Course Options - 4 credits (choose one course):
IDS 174 (CH2 - history and literature; with special permission)
IDS 200 (GLD)
IDS 492 (SRS)
REL 295 (RL2)
**All courses fulfill GLD requirement 

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline: November 16, 2018

Program Overview: 
The Pine Ridge May term is a service-learning course that takes place both on campus and on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, on the southern edge of the Badlands and just this side of the Black Hills. The reservation is home to the Oglala Lakota Tribe ("Sioux Indians"). In the recent census, the Pine Ridge Reservation was the third poorest place in the United States. At the same time, it's a place rich in history and culture, and you will meet many wonderful people! Many of my students have claimed that it's a life changing experience (any of those still on campus would be happy to talk with you!)

After one week of class on campus, we'll spend two weeks on the reservation, engaged in service projects, a variety of encounters with members of Lakota tiospaye, travel to important sites on the reservation and in the Black Hills, study Lakota history and religion, and guided conversation to bring our own culture, faith, and experience on the reservation. In the past years we have climbed Black Elk Peak and Bear Butte, hiked through a remote area of the Badlands with a Lakota guide, been meal guests in the homes of Lakota friends, participated in a sweat lodge ceremony, taught the K-2nd grade classes at an elementary school for a morning visited the hospital and tribal health department, spend the morning "hanging out" with a Lakota buffalo rancher, woven our own dream catchers, visited the cabin where Black Elk lived (not open to the public), laughed and cried and sang and prayed and got really dirty...and so much more! It's usually an intense, demanding, and powerful experience! While our focus is on listening to the stories of people who are in many ways unlike most of us, we also work hard to build a strong and supportive community of friends who can support us as we face the physical, intellectual, and spiritual challenges this experience provides.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.