Author Archives: m_wikler

Subtle Colonialism in the Form of Processed Foods

During the morning of our second day at Pine Ridge, the class stopped at the nearest place for coffee. This place is a combined gas station and grocery market, of shockingly limited options for nutritious eating and serves as the … Continue reading

Posted in Block 2: 2014-15 | 1 Comment

The Reality of Residential Schooling

Few could have anticipated the cultural genocide that would take place for decades in the form of residential schooling. The path to such extreme cultural assimilation began in the late 1600s when John Eliot erected praying towns for Natives in … Continue reading

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Prayer Ties

            The question of authenticity was an incredibly conflicting factor in my hesitations about the journey to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. My confliction really grew in the van driving to South Dakota … Continue reading

Posted in Block 3: 2011-12 | 1 Comment