Settling Into a Comfortable Routine

“What will I give to those around me today?  One cannot feel self worth without giving.” – Hisham E. Rouby

Morning – (Jonna)

Blackfeet Community College

Blackfeet Community College

The team followed Smokey, the maintenance director of the college, to tour the state-of-the-art science and math building on the BCC campus.  The building is named Southwind Ledge and is designed as a lodge or Teepee with mountain designs around the bottom of the building and suns around the top, which Smokey said represents the Big Dipper.  Sensors inside the building signal the window blinds to open or close automatically based on the required temperature.  The lights in the classrooms come on automatically as someone enters and turn off as everyone leaves.  The temperature on the thermostats signals the heated floors to control the desired temperature.  Smokey explained how heat and air are recycled.  He stated that he now carries a computer instead of tools as he had in the past.

After the building tour, the team members went to their work assignments.  Jean and Linda returned to the high school to help students sign up for online courses for the summer.  Dorothy and Samantha returned to the Nurturing Center.  Karyn returned to the nursing home.  Beth, Brendan and Peter returned to Manpower to continue setting up a website for pregnancy prevention.  Joan, Savannah and Inessa returned to the elementary school and Carol White Program.  David built two industrial garbage cans.  Gina cleaned out a storage room that will be used for security operation.  Jonna, Sarah and Gail returned to Eagle Shield Assisted Living to help Maria and Sissy in the kitchen in serving meals to the residents along with Tribal workers and others in the community 60 years and older.

MT care centerJonna met a 90 year-old lady named Serta who was a paralegal for the Tribal Leaders’ Legal Dept.  for 30 years.   Jonna asked what was the most interesting case she was ever involved in handling.  She said they represented a man that the housing authority had brought a case against for keeping his horse in the kitchen.  Serta said she researched the law and found no law against keeping a horse in the kitchen, so they won the case.

We spoke to the ladies at the front desk and they taught us how to say white woman in the Blackfeet language – Napi Anki (Na bee ah gee) and white man – Napi Kaan (Napigwan)

On the bulletin board at Eagle Shield we found some of the interesting and descriptive Blackfeet names in this community:  Makes Cold Weather, Rides at the Door, Still Smoking, Dog Taking Gun,  Comes at Night, Kicking Women, Bird Rattler, Three Fingers, Arrow Top Knot.

Afternoon (Inesa Wenn)

Wednesday afternoon, we went to help out at the Carol White summer recreation program and took the kids to lunch next door and then we walked back with them. After lunch, we worked at the art center and helped the children who needed help. They were making stories about a fisherman and his son.  They all needed to make a story to get in to the art room.

After dinner, we went to the Museum of the Plains Indians.  I looked at many of the exhibits and watched a 15-minute show. In the evening, most of us went to Beaver Painted Lodge to watch a video about Indian dance.  Their costumes were extremely colorful – beaded with fancy headdresses and necklaces. The dancers moved swiftly.  They turned, twisted, shuffled, spun gracefully, stomped and twirled expressively.  One of my favorite instruments that was playing was the flute. It was all very fast paced.  The dancers had excellent hand-eye coordination and quick movements.  It was beautiful!

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