By Jim Drevescraft
The ancient sport of lacrosse, which has been reborn as a major collegiate and professional sport in the past several years, is a uniquely Native American invention. While there are plentiful sports involving sticks and balls around the globe, the cultural significance and specific equipment used for lacrosse are unlike any other.
One Spirit is sponsoring The Oglala Wild - the new Pine Ridge Lacrosse Team - that is now in action. A three day training camp this week heralded the beginning. Spurred on by the donation of equipment by Ben Wiegel, a young man who gave the donation in support of Kobe's Cause, the team showed their talent and determination as they practiced in 100 degree heat. Their first event will be the Mankato Tourney September 23-24. Dale Pine, who coached the running team for the NYC Marathon, and Cory Black Feather are the primary coaches for The Oglala Wild.
In 2017 the Crazy Horse Ride will be very special, since it's going to be the 20th Ride! Watch a small video to learn what it is all about:
Mission, Vision and Values
Our Mission: to Create a stronghold that Inspires, Educates, and Informs our youth.
Our Vision: to Enrich the lives of the youth though Culturally Based activities.
Our Values: to Teach our youth Generosity, Respect, Wisdom, and Fortitude.
Grounds clean up
We are so glad to announce that Travis Thunder Bull has been "officially" named as the Allen (Pass Creek) Youth Center Director, by the Pass Creek Tribal Council. Travis and the community children are working hard to clean the grounds, mow the grass, and provide a safe place for the little ones.
Why We Need Youth Centers at Pine Ridge
Listen to the Children
“Being hungry is giving your food to your brothers and deciding which one to give it to because we are all hungry.”
Recently I sat with 6 young people from Pine Ridge Reservation and listened. A young girl described what it was like to be hungry and have no food. In a discussion about what should be in a youth center, the young people asked for a counselor they could talk to, not someone with degrees but just people who would be there for them.