Wellness Workshop

Service: A Chance to Change through Caring!

One of the most important aspects of the immersion experience is the opportunity to be challenged while contributing to the Lakota Sioux community in Eagle Butte. In June 2000, students were in class in the morning, then did volunteer work at several different sites in the afternoon. Participants that did not take the class, volunteered at various community sites for most of the day. This year, all students and volunteers were on site at the Sports Camp held at Tiospaye Topa High School. Students assisted Sports Camp Coordinators, Coach Mark Burke and Carolyn Rittenhouse in the morning , then co-facilitated wellness workshops in the afternoon.

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Locations:

  • Four Bands Healing Center. This location involved MU students in serving 13-18 year olds on the reservation with adolescent and health issues. The program offers Drug & Alcohol prevention activities, interventions, community education, group and family therapy.
  • The Main. A youth center for children ages 4-12, after-school activities. MU students can develop mini-classes in arts & crafts, drama, music, etc. during summer activities.
  • Volleyball Tiospaye Sports Camps. This week-long camp was held at one of three local high schools on the reservation and was one of the most well-received aspects of the service opportunities. Mark Burke, MU's Assistant Basketball Coach and Carolyn Rittenhouse, Lakota Immersion Program Coordinator held basketball and volleyball clinics for children ages 7-18 years along with the help MU students. Nearly 80 children attended the camp each day and had a lot of fun!  One MU student noticed, "It was amazing. This was a way to get these kids off the streets and give them something to do. They had fun, and it was interesting to see them do so much!"
  • Child Protection Agency. MU faculty and graduate students assisted in staff training seminars. This program investigates alleged child abuse and neglect and ensures necessary treatment. Some students volunteered at a Women's and Children's Protection Shelter.
  • Drug Elimination Program. MU students that served at this volunteer location worked with 7-18 year-old residents of the reservation in the Drug Elimination Program.  This program seeks to reduce substance abuse among Native Americans through various activities teaching Lakota culture.
  • WIC (Women Infant & Children) Program. Prevention, health care, nutrition, education, and nutritious food available for eligible women, infants & children.
  • Habitat for Humanity. Okiciyapi Tipi, (Habitat for Humanity), a non-profit ecumenical Christian organization, is a low-income housing provider located in the city of Eagle Butte, South Dakota on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation. All homes are built by volunteers working with selected homeowner families.