Participants in the Pine Ridge Reservation trip: Dana Giboney, Kim Warden, Rayel Lytle, Travis Tamerius, Cyndi Koonse, Miranda McKee and Vanessa Davidson.
William Woods University Students Volunteer on Pine Ridge Reservation
2013 Nov 23While most people are accustomed to numerous conveniences, the Lakota Sioux Native Americans live without electricity, indoor plumbing and regular groceries. For two weeks in August, five William Woods University students tried to make a difference on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. They made the trip with the Rev. Travis Tamerius, chaplain and director of the Center for Ethic and Global Studies at WWU, and Cyndi Koonse, director of multicultural affairs. This was the third summer, William Woods volunteers experienced firsthand what life is like for the Lakota Sioux. During past visits, the WWU group has built bunk beds, built outhouses and skirted trailers. This year, they helped build a handicap ramp and delivered outhouses.