Friday, April 3, 2009

Vermillion South Dakota

Long drive through South Dakota today. Started North of Rapid City and then drove through the Black Hills. Weather was pretty good all day, but there was a constant threat of snow on the forecasts. Arrived in Sioux Falls around 5 PM to meet my Lakota friends, Billy and Jerome. Jerome teaches Lakota language and Indian studies courses at the university in Vermillion, SD. Both Billy and Jerome are from the Pine Ridge reservation.

Tomorrow there will be a big pow-wow in Vermillion. Jerome, his nephews and grandsons will be singing and drumming for much of the day. I was privileged to sit in on the rehearsal and this took priority over the sweat lodge for this weekend. Hopefully the next time I come through South Dakota!

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