Notes from the Road
Freshman Trip: Montana
Friday, June 9, 2023
Today, the group had breakfast and then broke down their campsite. They then embarked on a hike and did some sightseeing at the Norris Geyser Basin, before hiking the South Rim to Artist Point. The group will then travel to Hardscrabble Ranch where they'll build Eruv and prepare for Shabbat on the Ranch.
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Today the Freshmen left the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and made their way to Yellowstone National Park. The group visited the Hot Springs at Lava Creek. They then had dinner and camped overnight at Madison Campground.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
The group began with a visit to the Tribal Council Office before heading to Chief Dull Knife College. Once they arrived at the college, they took a tour of the campus and participated in a beading workshop. After spending the day at Chief Dull Knife, the Freshmen will return to Lame Deer High School for their dinner, campfire, journaling session and nightly sleep in their tipis.
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
The Freshmen started their day with a cultural hike at Deer Medicine Rock. They then spent the day participating in an ethnobotany program at Crazy Head Springs. The program took most of the day so once they finished they returned to Lame Deer High School for dinner, a campfire and a journaling session before going off to sleep in their tipis.
Monday, June 5, 2023
Today the Freshmen learned about tipis and how to build them from their guide Burt Medicine Bull, before building tipis themselves! Afterwards, the students participated in a traditional sweat lodge experience at Chief Dull Knife College. They then returned to Lame Deer High School for dinner, a campfire and a journaling session before going off to spend the night in the tipis they built earlier in the day.
Sunday, June 4, 2023
The 9th graders arrived in Montana today! Their first stop was the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument- where they learned about the clash of cultures in the battle between the warriors of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, and the men of the 7th Regiment of the US Cavalry, along with their Crow, and Arikara scouts. Then they arrived at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, where they had orientation and setup camp at Lame Deer High School. The students enjoyed a welcome dinner and a bonfire with drumming!