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Sunday in the Sweat Lodge – A Blackfeet Cultural Experience

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Global Volunteers Lauren and Jayce describe Blackfeet cultural experiences on their service program. After a productive day of service, a couple of us headed off to the sweat lodge offered by a local family.  It was sure to be a unique and educational cultural experience with our new Blackfeet friends. Everyone gathers in a small […]

Good Times As Blackfeet Reservation Volunteers

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Journal by Irene, Montana Blackfeet Reservation Volunteer. Today on the Blackfeet Reservation some volunteers started the morning with exercise, while others stayed back to shower and make lunches.  Shortly thereafter, we headed out to the elementary school for the Carol White summer recreation program.  Most of our volunteer team stayed there for the day, and a few others […]

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Revisiting Blackfeet with a New Outlook

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by Barbara Gironda Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” I thought of these words often as I looked at the beautiful Montana Mountains. It has been 27 years since I ventured to Glacier National Park as a recent college graduate, eager to start […]

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Transgender Global Volunteer Welcomed by Blackfeet Nation

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by Linda Roberts I participated in Global Volunteers’ service program on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana last July (2015). It was not an LGBT-focused program but I am a transgender (MTF) woman. I believe my participation was breaking new ground for the transgender community in particular. There were 14 volunteers including myself. I was […]

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Pharmacy Students Volunteer in Montana

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by Mindy Lull, Professor at Wegmans School of Pharmacy Three years ago, I had a wild idea to find a service trip in the United States where I could take a group of my students to experience a new culture, help a community in need, and grow together as teammates.  I’ve traveled on service trips […]

My Week Among the Blackfeet

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LIFE ON THE “REZ” by Todd Cannon I nearly bolted from the sweat lodge before the first round was over. I must have looked as if someone had doused me with a bucket of water – a steady stream of sweat running down my head, torso, limbs. The heat and total darkness inside the sweat […]

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Malaysian Volunteer Shares Her Heart in Montana

Two seemingly different worlds united on the Blackfeet Reservation this summer. Suh Ning Yeoh journied from Malaysia to explore and lend a hand to the people in our host communities of Browning and Heart Butte. How beautiful to hear that the eyes and minds of both Suh Ning and our host partners were opened by their differences and […]

Final Glimpses – Final Thoughts

Here’s to all the volunteers, those dedicated people who are helping others.  Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  I can no other answer make, but, thanks and thanks. – a merging of various quotes by Linda Friday Morning (David) It’s Friday the 13th, the beginning to an […]

Relationship building on Blackfeet Reservation

By Tuesday, our team had fallen into a comfortable morning routine of navigating the showers, having breakfast together, and assembling our brown-bag lunches of peanut butter and/or jelly sandwiches. After receiving our assignments in the morning, we headed off in several different directions. Many in our group stayed at the Blackfeet Community College to work […]

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The Openness and Willingness to Share the Blackfeet Culture

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Who knew we’d be exposed to Blackfeet culture immediately on our first work day?  In preparation, one of our team members, Julie, started us off with an emotional historical message from Chief Seattle: “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. Every part of this […]