Anglea has been involved with Tipi Raisers for several years. The picture here shows Angela on Cantay, the horse she rode in the 2017 LakotaRide. Angela has participated in and been a go-to volunteer for the LakotaRide for three years! Angela's consistency over the years means a great deal to us as she is always there to help when something is needed. Angela's heart is with her Lakota friends and that is evident every time she volunteers with us or goes to Pine Ridge on her own to help in whatever way she can!
"As a very young child my spirit has been guiding me to where I am today. Watching Westerns on TV. Seeing how indigenous people were treated. Years later I read how Saint Francis Elementary School was the worst in the country. My goal is to help the children learn how to read and maybe eventually helping with exercising/sports programs.
So when I happened to come across the Tipi Raiser's LakotaRide 2017 on Facebook- naturally, I was hooked and see myself as being one step closer to St Francis.
I have made several trips up to Pine Ridge reservation. Helping build / paint and bringing and distributing donations. Going to several towns on Pine Ridge reservation. My last trip I met someone from Rosebud reservation which is where Saint Francis Elementary School is.
I am looking forward to the the future with my friends/family." -- Angela
Jane began partnering with us in 2018 and, in a span of just a few months, she has driven to Pine Ridge multiple times to deliver donations all across the vast reservation (she even bought a new pick up truck so she could help with donations). On one of her trips to Pine Ridge, Jane (a retired high school teacher) noticed the lack of any libraries on the reservation and began working with the community of Wounded Knee to establish a small book exchange which has been a great hit with the residents! Jane reaches out regularly to see how she can help and has proven to be a trusted thought-partner across a variety of areas. We are touched by how quickly Jane seems to make genuine connections with the Lakota people when she is on Pine Ridge and how she leaves those encounters inspired to help in whatever ways are needed.
"When I first experienced the vast grandeur of South Dakota and Pine Ridge as a youngster, I fell in love with the land. It has taken me many years to connect back with this beauty and mystery, but the feeling of belonging there remains. I came to the Tipi Raisers because of that, and have found the people I have met and the simplicity of fitting in to the community there, easy and comfortable.
I have found creative ways to spend my energy and the easy camaraderie of the people makes it a delight to focus attention on whatever needs to happen". -- Jane
Erica Rewey, or "Rewdog", has coordinated and participated in more volunteer trips with her students from Palmer High School than we can keep track of. She is consistently positive, fun and enormously helpful! Erica has the unique ability to show up - authentic and present - with those she comes into contact with. We are beyond grateful for her presence, support and advocacy whether it's on the LakotaRide, volunteer trips or with off- reservation events.
"It probably sounds cliche, but working with the Tipi Raisers has changed my life. It has changed how I see myself as an educator - to one who opens others up to the rich history and traditions of the Lakota people, despite our government's role in the destruction of their culture. It has changed how I see the world around me - as an active participant in making the world, particularly for the Lakota, a better place through service, through acts of gratitude and kindness, and through the friendships I've made. It has changed me as a person by making me more aware of my own soul and the magic of our earth. The land, the people, the culture, and the traditions have broken my heart wide open and made space
for me to laugh, cry, celebrate, and learn with some of the most amazing people
I've ever met". -- Erica
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