Since 2015, Zen Peacemakers have conducted programs annually in collaboration with the Lakota community in South Dakota. These programs are different every year, according to the needs of our hosts and our participants: they’ve manifested as the major 180-participant Black Hills Bearing Witness retreat in 2015, the intimate members-led Plunge in 2016 on Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation (CRST), and the dual programs in 2017 of a Week of Service on CRST and the Bearing Witness Plunge in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Each consecutive year builds on the relationships we develop with our Lakota hosts. And, our program participants and Zen Peacemakers members have individually continued their relationships with the Lakota through communications and actions, such as a nation-wide clothes drive, social-justice collaborations, attending Standing Rock camp in Winter 2016, a members-led Bearing Witness retreat, building a year-round hot-house in Pine-Ridge, and in many other forms.
REFLECTIONS ON OUR NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAMS