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Emerging Leaders explore Lakota history, culture


Three alums of Rapid City Collective Impact's Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program presented on Lakota history and culture during the first quarterly meeting of current program participants at The Journey Museum on July 18.

Tamera Miyasato, Sarah Pierce and Amy Sazue were members of Cadre 2 and first tag-teamed on a similar presentation for their own Emerging Leaders class last year.

Their presentation, "Re-imagining Perception: Lakota History, Culture & Intercultural Relations in Rapid City,” covered topics ranging from Lakota spirituality and family structure, to the long-term effects of boarding schools and common ways minorities are still marginalized today.

"The Lakota history and culture presentation was profound and powerful,” Emerging Leader Anna Quinn of Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota said. “To hear just some of the many atrocities that the Lakota people endured was heart-wrenching, but to hear about the amazing things that are being done to raise awareness and revive the Lakota culture brings hope.”

The presenters welcomed questions from the Emerging Leaders and also challenged them to take what they learned and use it to help break down some of the barriers that still exist between cultures in Rapid City today.

“Inequity in our community is always a difficult conversation to have,” Emerging Leader Colleen Bshara of Rapid City Area Schools said. “Sarah, Tamera, and Amy bravely guided us through this topic and sparked discussions that may never have happened without their leadership."

Sazue, who is also a member of RCCI’s Guiding Council, said the information the group presents is difficult to discuss, but if it is never addressed, then there is no awareness. She often stresses the importance of creating bridges of communication, building relationships and coming to a deeper understanding of each other.

“If you know better, you do better,” Sazue said.

The Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is supported by the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. For more on the program, visit rccimpact.org. For a more detailed account of last month's Lakota culture presentation, click here.


Below: Tamera Miyasato, Sarah Pierce and Amy Sazue present on Lakota culture.

As of July 1, OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing is no longer under the umbrella of Rapid City Collective Impact or the Black Hills Area Community Foundation.

Future updates on the OneHeart campus will be shared in a separate monthly newsletter. Updates on RCCI initiatives will be shared in a bi-monthly newsletter.
Summer Food Programs
 
Six sites in Rapid City continue their summer meal service for kids this month, including three sites - General Beadle Elementary, South Middle School and the downtown YMCA - that will provide meals right up until the day before school starts.

The Rapid City Area Schools' Fresh Choice Cafe food trucks also will continue serving meals to kids at various locations around the city as weather permits through Aug. 27.

Click here for RCCI's summer food map with additional information about locations and meal times.
Meet the Team
 
A familiar face in the local Human Services sector is bringing her 20-plus years of experience to our collective impact efforts.

Tracy Palecek is RCCI's Affordable Housing Facilitator, assisting community partners in bringing affordable housing to our area, and serves as OneHeart's Community Outreach and Education Specialist.

Tracy has a passion for helping people reach their goals and has done so as an advocate, program coordinator, community organizer, mental health therapist and mentor.

"Together, building the most caring community."

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