1,500 miles in a van, 13 people previously unknown to me whom I now consider friends, and one week on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in rural, southeastern Montana.
This formula produced a truly memorable spring break experience.
Every year, the Department of Campus Involvement and the American Indian Center at St. Cloud State University sponsor a spring break service trip to Lame Deer, MT. The focus of our journey to Lame Deer was to work with the Boys and Girls Club in Lame Deer and the neighboring community of Ashland. At the Boys and Girls Club, we helped with cleaning the building, working with the staff, and participating in games and activities with the youth every afternoon. In addition to our group from SCSU, six students from Montana State University worked in Lame Deer with us.
The week in Lame Deer also gave us the opportunity to learn about the Northern Cheyenne people. We listened to oral history shared by elders, listened to native flute and drum music, learned a popular Native American game, visited Chief Dull Knife tribal college, and watched native dances performed. The Northern Cheyenne are wonderful people and the community made us feel very welcomed. This was my second time in Lame Deer and I’m confident that it will not be my last.
Here are some photos from the trip:
The SCSU and Montana group in front of Chief Dull Knife College
Two dancers demonstrating a dance
Some of the youth we worked with
Some buffalo at our stop in Theodore Roosevelt State Park in Medora, ND on the way to Montana