Maggie H., 16
Maggie has been to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation twice to volunteer with Remember, an organization lending a hand to those on the Reservation. Remember sees their role as friends and neighbors in community with the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation, and call Pine Ridge home, just as they do. Maggie spoke pre-Mass on welcome back Sunday at St. Joan of Arc about her experience.
Hi, my name is Maggie H. and I’ve been attending St Joan since I was baptized in 2002. I first became a delegate to Pine Ridge last year. I did this ignorant of what I was going to be doing and learning, but needing service hours for my school, I signed up.
The most powerful experience this year was when we visited the wounded knee massacre site, we met a woman who was visiting the grave of her grandfather: Chief Spotted Elk, or as the American generals renamed him- chief Bigfoot. She told us all about how the American soldiers renamed him Chief Bigfoot to make fun of the fact that he had slightly larger feet than them. They would make him wear clown shoes and jeer at him. She reminded us that we are the next generation in this country, and that we need to keep spreading the knowledge of the atrocities that this country’s government has committed against the native people.
The thing I love the most about going to pine ridge is the community. The people there are always kind and accepting regardless of their history and present state of life. The biggest challenge for me is always seeing the state of life they’re enduring currently and knowing it’s because of our government. We praise ourselves on our country’s motto being life liberty and justice for all, but all it takes is one look at the Native American reservations, one look at the hundreds of treaties we’ve made and then broken, one look at the history between settlers and the natives, to see how awful out government has and continues to treat these people.
Every time I go to Pine Ridge, I’m always reminded of how important knowledge is, and how important it is to be well informed as I am part of the next generation and there are a lot of mistakes we need to fix.
The thing I love most about the community at St Joan’s is how accepting, informed, and involved we are in current events.
Welcome Back/Shared Ministry Sunday
Sunday, September 9, 2018 -
9:00am to 10:00am
Our youth at SJA have amazing things to say. Our goal is to give them a platform to share their thoughts on topics they want to talk about. Their thoughts are uniquely theirs. From politics to faith, school issues to our church, this blog shares their voices with our community.