A Horse is Not a Home

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

Post-Flooding Update Update


Since everything started happening in Pierre, I have relocated to a room at the Better Alternative School in Fort Thompson. Spooky and I are still adjusting to the new living conditions – much smaller with a shared kitchen. I feel the worst for him – he’s constantly scratching at the door now trying to escape.

I worked out a deal with the school where I can stay as long as I do some work around the yard, and inside fixing up the place. It’s nice to have a project like this. It’s been helpful actually, it gets me seen in the community more, and also gives me a better perspective on a project that I’m working on long term – the South Dakota Safe Roads to Schools program that the council and my supervisor asked me to look into.

They opened the spillways at Oahe today and they’ll have a much better idea of the extent of the flooding by tomorrow. Officials are talking about opening up the floodgates at Big Bend. I heard from my supervisor that they’ll open the spillways on Saturday, so I’ll try to get some video of it if I can.

Also, I’ve been recording music on my laptop to stay busy on the off-hours, and one of the best things I came up with was a weird drone piece.

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.