|2011 Oglala Commemroation|
| June 26, 2011 : Many changes for the good have transpired over the past year for Pine Ridge: new construction, major road improvements, new schools and water lines being extented - these are but a few of the improvements. Good things are happening on the Rez and it is our hope that good things will continue to happen! As always, the committee members were greeted and welcomed home by the resident committee members.
The 26th began with the Committee members loading up and waiting out a hailstorm. The evening before there was much rain, thunder and high winds. We were concerned that plans would have to be changed due to the road conditions. Fortunately, the Thunder Beings blessed up and things dried out and we moved ahead with the plans. Gathering began at the Little family cemetery. With greeting exchanged, Billy Good Voice Elk welcomed everyone and offered prayers. Elk Nation sang the honor songs.
The March began soon afterwards, The OST Safety Patrol provided an escort at the front and tail of the procession accompanied by our security team who assisted in directing traffic and keeping the walkers out of harms way.
Upon arrival at the Jumping Bull propery, guest were greeted and shared in cool drinks and fresh fruit. Standing in for Ivas Long Visitor, was Stanley Star Comes Out, welcoming everyone and offering words of remembrance. Opening to the community, Leola One Feather spoke in the subject of repatriation of remains and encouraged those in attandance to contact the State of Nebraska with regards to the release od skeletal remains in their possession who are belived to be those of tribal members. Wilma Blacksmith briefy spoike as well. Afterward, the name on the quilts were read, and the Committee presented a new quilt which list the names of those who have recently walked on. The memorial cakes were presented and served. : Leonard's words were shared in the fight for justice and his release. The Robideau family was present in remembrance of Bob.
|The give-away was in honor of the children this year. The office of Dr. Mark Holland, donated toys and the Committee provided stocked backpacks to the children present. Childrens caps and booties were knitted by the elders of the Metis tribe of Commecticut. The give-away marked the conclusion of the event and all present were invited to the Lakota Dome to enjoy a meal and listen to the musicians who would entertain the crows that evening.|
|2011 Honorary Leoanrd Peltier Scholarship
Mozella Albert of Pine Ridge
|2011 Youth Awareness Concert
|Continuing our outreach to the youth, six cases of school supplies and bags of stuffed animals, courtesy of the Wahwassuck family were taken to the community of Kyle for distribution for the children.|