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Announcement:    May 2018 Volunteer Trip

Dr. Nicole Grant will begin taking applications from students who would like to travel to South Dakota for two weeks in May of 2018 to participate in this year’s volunteer trip to Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations.  This year’s trip will include an historical tour of Pine Ridge and neighboring reservations, a visit to at least one National Park, and a week of volunteer work hosted by Lakota activists on Cheyenne River Reservation.

Eligibility requirements for current NKU students include:

  • A demonstrated interest in learning to be a respectful, effective and culturally sensitive ally to Lakota people
  • A demonstrated ability to respectfully interact with other volunteers in an inclusive and supportive manner
  • An understanding of and willingness to abide by the rules and regulations, set by Dr. Grant as trip sponsor, and by our hosts on the reservation
  • Successful completion of SOC 345, ‘Native American Social Issues’ (available Spring 2018 if you haven’t already completed this course)
  • Participation in Kiksuya Student Organization for at least one semester in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Timely submission of all application and registration materials, and fees
  • Attendance in at least 3 Sunday readiness workshops to be scheduled by Dr. Grant during the spring and fall 2017-2018 semesters
  • In the interest of providing this opportunity to as many students as possible from year to year, an interval of at least two full academic years must have passed for a student who has already traveled as a volunteer with Dr. Grant to reapply.  In the unlikely event that we have last minute openings due to cancellations that cannot be filled by new volunteers on our wait list, past volunteers who have made exemplary contributions to this effort may be invited to fill the available spots.

    For more information or an application, please contact Dr. Grant by email:   grantn@nku.edu

 

 

Portal Information

Description

Kiksuya Student Organization/First Nations serves the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Members work to raise awareness in our local communities about issues facing Native American people. We raise funds to support self-help projects on the reservations, providing building supplies, propane, books, bedding, and other items, as needed. The organization also helps train volunteers, selected by Dr. Grant, who will periodically travel to do volunteer work on the reservations, including housing repair and construction, organic gardening, and/or work with children and youth. KSO is committed to support the health and well-being of its members, stressing healthy choices in the way we eat, live, work, play and interact with each other and with the communities we serve. We respect core Lakota values including humility, compassion, generosity,
and perseverance, and we strive to practice these values in our lives and work.

Category

Community Service

Purpose or Mission Statement

Please describe your organization and explain your general mission or purpose.

Kiksuya Student Organization/First Nations serves the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Members work to raise awareness in our local communities about issues facing Native American people. We raise funds to support self-help projects on the reservations, providing building supplies, propane, books, bedding, and other items, as needed. The organization also helps train representatives, selected by Dr. Grant, who will periodically travel to do volunteer work on the reservations, including housing repair and construction, organic gardening, and/or work with children and youth. KSO is committed to support the health and well-being of its members, stressing healthy choices in the way we eat, live, work, play and interact with each other and with the communities we serve. We respect core Lakota values including humility, compassion, generosity,
and perseverance, and we strive to practice these values in our lives and work.

Date of Establishment

Please list the Year your organization was established with NKU. If you know the exact Month/Day/Year, please list.

Apr 1, 2007

Meeting Location

Landrum 217L

Contact Email for Inquiries

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President Name

Sydney Brinkdoepke

President's Email Address
Vice President or Co-President

Dessa Warner

Vice President or Co-President Email Address
Faculty/Staff Advisor

Nicole Grant