Incoming thunderstorm. You could see them coming from 60 miles away. Amazing
The skies of South Dakota were stunning.
What are you looking at, cow?
The church and cemetery at the mass grave from the Massacre at Wounded Knee.
Setting up shop.
The house we started skirting before we got to work. Notice the front door is in the yard. If you look closely, you can see two mattresses stacked against the wall, where people sleep. Often up to 15-20 people may live in a trailer such as this.
The back of the house. There is no garbage pick-up on the reservation. People have to drive their garbage miles and miles to get to the nearest dump. Gas is expensive, especially when there are few jobs to be had on the reservation.
We couldn’t skirt part of the house because sewage was leaking from the trailer into the front yard.
30-40% of houses on Pine Ridge don’t have electricity. Many people still rely on outhouses because there are no sewers and often times the water table can be hundreds and hundreds of feet deep. Most homes are heated by propane. The houses are in such poor condition that a lot of heat is lost. Putting a skirt around a trailer can help save families tons of money.
Dirt road to the horizon
A growing thunderstorm.
KILI Native-owned and operated radio station.
Catholic cemetary outside a Catholic-run school in Pine Ridge. Up through the 1970’s, children were taken from their families and forced into religious-run schools. At these schools, they were not allowed to use their language or practice their native beliefs.
A very hungry-looking dog at a house we were roofing.
The flight home. Many of these students had never flown on a plane.