On a recent early October day on the Reservation, snow was already in the forecast and temperatures were in the 30s. A visit to the home of an elder found him sitting near a wood stove but no fire was burning. When we asked if we could start a fire for him he handed us some clothes and suggested we use those for fuel.
The best feeling on earth was to be able to call for wood to be delivered to him quickly. As we built a fire and the heat started to warm his hands, his face creased into a beautiful smile.
Photo credit Gudrun Georges
Layers of Bureaucracy
We have had our preliminary inspection and the grand opening celebration ceremonies for the Charging Buffalo Facility and now we are completing the hurdles defined by health and safety to allow us to file for certification of the facility.
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Pictures of the opening on Saturday, July 7th, 2018
GRAND OPENING OF CHARGING BUFFALO FACILITY ON PINE RIDGE RESERVATION
JULY 7, 2018 11:00 AM (MDT)
One Spirit, a Native American service organization founded to assist and support the Oglala Lakota invites the press to the grand opening of the Charging Buffalo Facility. This FDA-approved processing facility for buffalo and game produced on the Pine Ridge Reservation represents a new opportunity to help the Lakota gain healthful food independence and potentially make products for sale to the public, thus enhancing the economic progress of the Reservation.
The Pine Ridge Reservation is located in the two poorest counties in the United States, with chronic problems that range from poor nutrition to disease, alcoholism, unemployment, and high rates of suicide. One Spirit operates programs to provide healthful food options, youth programs, athletic programs and cultural awareness to the Oglala Lakota, in order to help them maintain their unique and proud native culture.
We invite you to come and see the beauty and culture of the Lakota and the pride of the people during this grand opening. You can learn about traditional meat carving, watch dancing and drumming and get a tour of the Allen Youth Center and meet the next generation of Lakota.
Celebration dancing. Photo by David Brown Eyes
The Grand Opening!