Taking Direction from the Community
Over the years, we have come to recognize that community support is our priority. Rather than feeling like we need to “be in charge” of figuring out what we can help with, we ask our Lakota community partners what they might need and then work from there to provide assistance. This method allows us to de-center ourselves from our service work and minimize overt colonialism, a harmful practice that puts the needs of the organization above the needs of the community. We are, after all, a group of friends helping friends; we simply ask what we can help with and then go from there. We have made so many wonderful connections and friends by working this way, that in the end, the partnerships always become mutually beneficial.
“More than a Fence”, 2019. Building 300′ of fence at Gather Our Children Home.
Work in Progress
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