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LAKOTA YOUTHSTAY 2019 IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!!

With the new year round the corner, we are excited to start the 3rd year of the Lakota YouthStay program. If you are a Lakota youth, living on the Pine Ridge reservation and adventurous, curious about life off the reservation and interested in making new friends, this program is for YOU! The mission of the program is to build authentic, […]

My 2018 Lakota YouthStay Experience by Quinton Maldonado

I bravely boarded the plane in Rapid City to Boston, after delays. My first time on a plane, my heart was pounding so hard I could hear it, finally the plane took off down the runway, I closed my eyes for a minute then opened my eyes and thought wow!, I’m flying. Looking out my […]

MY YOUTHSTAY EXPERIENCE BY Tsenesa Ducheneaux

Tsenesa Ducheneaux emáčiyapi.  Canté wasté napé čiyuzapelo. Ina wayé kin Tawa ečiyápi. Ate wayé kin Heath ečiyápi. Pejuta Haka emátahan. Mahpiya Luta el wablawa. My name is Tsenesa Ducheneaux. I shake your hand with a warm heart. My mother is Tawa. My father is Heath. I live in Medicine Root district. I am a student […]

Links to Lakota YouthStay Program Articles

  Maiden voyage approaches for Medford Lakota Youthstay program Lakota YouthStay to return to Medford next summer Lakota Youthstay to hold benefit, silent auction Lakota YouthStay returns to Medford Lakota YouthStay host tipi-raising event Lakota YouthStay program brings Native young people to Massachusetts for immersion experience  

Lakota Youth Stay program and the amazing Eliot Johnson and J. Street Blues Band

The West Medford Community Center offers a monthly series called “First Friday Words and Music”. This is an ongoing program held on the first Friday of each month from 8pm – 10:30pm. There is a discussion on a topic of community interest/concern followed by live music performed by local musicians. This monthly event is based on […]

My YouthStay Experience by Jewelia LeBeau

My experience in Boston was fun and exciting. I had a great time and Joy and Bruce were so nice and I’m very thankful to them for everything they’ve done to get us to Boston to have a great experience. I also enjoyed every activity we did from the aquarium to the ice cream shop. […]

A Lakota Youth Week by Loren Gomez, Host Family

Reflections on a Week with Lakota Youth It took the most part of a day to get my house back in order. Piles of laundry, sweeping sand off of the floors, restocking the kitchen shelves from something other than Hi-C, Fuego Takis and Cocoa Krispies. The 2018 Lakota Youth stay week officially ended on Wednesday […]

Lakota YouthStay Trip to Pine Ridge 2018

by Bruce Roberts Our 7th annual trip to the Pine Ridge reservation was a great success.   We were joined this year by volunteers, Theresa Racicot and Mike Denton, who stayed with us at Re-member, the non-profit with whom we have worked with every summer.  Joy and I had driven most of the way from Denver […]

Lakota YouthStay Receives 2018 Haystack Award

The Justice and Witness Council of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ presents the annual Haystack Award in recognition of exemplary work in the area of justice and charity. On Saturday, June 16 at the 219th Annual Meeting – Lakota YouthStay founders, Joy Harris and Bruce Roberts were recognized and received this humble […]

2018 Tipi-Raising & Painting Art Project Participants

Meet the Event Facilitators!! Lakota Cultural presenters Darrell Red Cloud Darrell Red Cloud is the 5th Blood Descendent of the great Lakota Chief RED CLOUD of the Oglala Lakota people.  Darrell is an Educator and Instructor at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, a National Park Ranger at Mount Rushmore […]