Lakota Lands & Identities for Rapid City Area Schools: Day 3

16 Jun 2021

A highlight of today’s itinerary was lunch at Bette’s Kitchen near Manderson in the Pine Ridge Reservation. After cooking and serving us a delicious meal, Bette, a descendant of Lakota spiritual leader Black Elk, regaled us with stories, including planning for an upcoming trip to Washington, DC, where she and local students will lobby members of Congress to rescind the 20 Medals of Honor that were awarded to U.S. soldiers after the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. After lunch, we visited the massacre site and then returned to Rapid City. In the photo above, Bette is presenting from the deck of her house, in the kitchen of which she prepares lunches every day of the year for reservation residents and visitors from around the world. Click here to read about Day 2 of our Lakota Lands & Identities “classroom on wheels,” and here to read about Day 1.

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