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Alternative Spring Break 2013-2014 - Lakota Learning: A Look into Rural and Native American Education

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Lakota Learning: A Look into Rural and Native American Education
Trip Location: 
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
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This trip will travel by air.
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"The battle for Indian children will take place in the classrooms...
The students of today are the warriors of tomorrow." 

-Eddie Box, American Indian Science and Engineering Society


The Pine Ridge Indian reservation faces staggering challenges: fewer than 20% of students graduate high school, unemployment is over 80%, and life expectancy is the lowest in the US. In the face of these challenges, schools and community leaders are striving to empower the next generation of Lakota children with the knowledge, language, and confidence to change these statistics and build a strong tomorrow for the Lakota Nation. Apply for this ASB experience and work and learn alongside teachers, students, and community leaders who are committed to this future. 


The course will begin with classroom instruction, guest lectures, and discussions that will expose students to the challenges and promise of Native American and rural education. Students will learn about Lakota culture, the history of Native American education, and current challenges and successes in Indian education. Throughout the course and trip, we will look at the intersection between education and other important issues, including healthcare, economics, and spirituality. 

During the week-long trip to South Dakota, we will have opportunities to work with a variety of community partners, including both schools and informal education organizations seeking to promote traditional knowledge and language. We will engage with students, teachers, and community leaders about the present and future of education in the community. 

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