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Dr. Craig Howe of CAIRNS discusses his ideas during the Lakota Lands and Identities Seminar at Prairie Edge in Rapid City Photo courtesy Tyler Young, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies

Regional Health employees embark on Lakota Lands and Identities Seminar
Bus tour to cover Black Hills and other sacred sites
By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Staff Writer
www.nsweekly.com

RAPID CITY –– Taking the lead in race relations and reparations in Rapid City, Regional Health has sponsored another group of nearly 50 employees and community members on another educational tour of the Black Hills and surrounding areas.

The Lakota Lands and Identities Seminar began from the Central High School parking lot on Monday, June 13, as selected Native American community members and Regional Health employees loaded into a chartered bus to visit the sacred sites, historical places and significant Lakota lands.

On Thursday, June 9, Prairie Edge of Rapid City and General Manager Dan Tribby hosted a reception for the seminar group as they were welcomed by Dr. Craig Howe of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS).

Along with Dr. Howe, were staff and seminar facilitators Peri Strain – Vice President of CAIRNS and CAIRNS Team Members Janet Fleming-Martin and Ann Robertson.

The Lakota Lands and Identities Seminar was designed by CAIRNS as a learning tour for businesses and organizations to participate in for the purpose of understanding Lakota culture; past and present. The underlying benefit of the seminar is to improve race relations within a group of professionals whose work is impacted by positive relationships with tribal members.

Once former-Regional Hospital nurse Ryane Oliva said “Indians suck!” on a Facebook video post which went viral in May, 2015, CEO Brent Phillips sprang into action with a response team which included Native American community members/activists, trained professionals in crisis prevention techniques, and non-profit organizations purpose is to advocate for civil rights.


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