Home Repair in St. Francis, South Dakota
Spend a life-changing week with the Lakota people of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, and you will truly never be the same! You’ll never forget the wild beauty of the land where the Sicangu Lakota, “Burnt-Thigh Nation,” live. The Rosebud Reservation is an exciting world of rolling grassy hills and deep, tree-lined creek bottoms—like the scenery you glimpsed in the movie Dances With Wolves. For centuries these prairies were ruled by the proud horse culture of the Sioux, who roamed and hunted buffalo from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains.
Today the various bands of the Sioux Nation live on reservations scattered across several states. The Rosebud is one of the poorest counties in the United States. Many here face a harsh choice: leave the reservation, the family, friends, and culture they love—or stay and live in shocking poverty, where up to 80% cannot find a job. Life is especially hard on the elderly, whose sons and daughters move away to find work, leaving them either alone or left to raise their grandchildren.
The school where you’ll be staying is modern, in a quiet, spacious campus setting—but it’s history dates back to the 1870’s when the leader Sinte Gleska (Spotted Tail) met with President Rutherford B. Hayes to request the Black Robes (Jesuits) establish a school on the reservation. It has since been turned over to the Sicangu people, but it is still on the grounds of the original mission, with a historic church and museum. It is air-conditioned.