"Its really important for us to help people to understand the racial tension that still exists very strong out here. The more outside people we have come here and get past the stereotypes, then maybe they will have more respect and go back to their homes and tell people about the positive things that happened to them here. There is a very rich culture here, a rich spirituality, and we want more people to know about it."
Natalie Hand - Pine Ridge host 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, & 2015
"When you go to Pine Ridge, you learn that all of your beliefs about the world are based on your own set of assumptions. In other words, the experience forces you to come to grips with the idea that perspective is a product of culture. Because of this, being on Pine Ridge is an incredible eye-opener, an agent for cultural-open-mindedness and transformation."
Barnaby Ohrstrom - Student participant 2013
"This experience affected me deeply. At the time I was a young EMT and I learned that “fixing” the problem based on my needs and values may not always be in the best interest of the individual. This experience taught me to listen, taught me to treat with dignity no matter the individual’s choices, and taught me not to assume I know better. This was tough to grasp at the time but has helped me immensely in learning to serve."