A Horse is Not a Home

A Year in the Life of an Americorps VISTA on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota

Monthly Archives: May 2011

Guest Post on Teaching Traveling


When I told a friend of mine in Boston about going to Crow Creek, she  put me in touch with Lillie, who is an accomplished traveler, English teacher and blogger. Lillie has another site, Teaching Traveling where educators tell stories from around the world.

Lillie was kind enough to let me write a guest post about Crow Creek.

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Pierre / Fort Pierre Flooding Update


At The Muze, Audra told me to head near the Holiday Inn in Fort Pierre and look for group of people that were sandbagging around a public building. I helped them out for a few hours, and then headed home as the rain came in. It’s not raining anymore though, and no more rain is expected directly above us until Monday.

Here’s what people are saying: The Oahe Dam is rated for about 110,000 cubic feet of water per second. It rarely, if ever, runs at this capacity. Due to the swelling of the Missouri, it’s cranking at 85,000 and everybody is just hoping it doesn’t break. This island is expected to be under water. If the groundwater rises, then we’d really be in trouble. The river banks are retracted about 20 feet in either direction but the walking path isn’t submerged yet, so that’s a good sign. Here’s a local news story.

For those of you who are worried about me, don’t be. I want to show you two flyers that are hanging in my building right now:

These maps show the projected flooding, and my building is above the yellow line. My apartment is also on the third floor. If nothing else, I’ll have more time to evacuate. It’s an 11 minute walk to the Georgia Morse Middle School.