Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Cultural Immersion Trip 2017

United Lutheran Church will participate in a unique cultural immersion trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation Retreat Center May 27-June3, 2017. The reservation is in the southwest corner of South Dakota and is home of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation.

The mission of the ministry at Pine Ridge Retreat Center is to foster better understanding between Indian and non-Indian peoples and to make contributions to the life of the people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Native American reservations in the United States are among the most impoverished areas, and we will be immersed in the realities of “third world countries” within our own country. Pine Ridge Reservation is the second-largest reservation in the United States. Per capita income is approximately $2,600 to $4,000 per year, and the unemployment rate is approximately 80-90%. About 97% of the population lives below federal poverty levels. Tribal Government records show 38,000 enrolled members living on Pine Ridge Reservation.

The purpose of this trip is multifaceted. Participants will

  • Learn about the history and culture of the Oglala Lakota Sioux
  • Come to understand the tremendous poverty, social injustice issues, and economic challenges that the Lakota struggle with every day
  • Meet and establish companions among the Lakota people
  • Observe and/or participate in culturally important events and spiritual ceremonies
  • Participate in volunteer work on the reservation

Estimated cost of the Pine Ridge Cultural Immersion Trip 2017: $450-500.

We will carpool to the reservation. Estimated price includes, gas, two night hotel, accommodations (one on the way out, one on the way back) lodging at the retreat center, most food/groceries, and cultural/immersion experiences included!

For more information, call United Lutheran Church,

Pastor Julane Nease at 815-654-3880