Tour a Reservation
For one incredible week, join Running Strong on an exclusive tour of the programs you read about in our newsletters and on our website. Explore a hidden part of America and immerse yourself in Lakota culture.
Running Strong’s Annual Reservations Tour allows you to see first-hand the programs that you make possible.
For one incredible week, our staff will guide you through the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations in South Dakota, where you will witness the impact of Running Strong’s projects and get to talk with the grassroots partners we work with. As you explore this fascinating region of the country, you will receive an intimate taste of Lakota culture and learn about American history from a different perspective.
The tour is not just about Running Strong—it is also a chance for you to be immersed in Lakota life, attend a pow wow and see revered cultural landmarks. To make the week even more memorable, all who are on the tour will have the opportunity to meet and spend an evening with our national spokesperson--Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills.
If you have any questions, or to register by phone, please call 703-317-9881 x 149. We'd be happy to assist you!
Tour stops include:
Cheyenne River Youth Project® (CRYP) –CRYP runs two youth centers for teens and younger kids, along with planting a 2 acre organic garden, local Keya Café and more.
Takini School – This K-12 School is the site of one of our backpack food programs which ensures that children don’t go hungry on the weekends. Takini, meaning “Survivor,” is located in the homelands of Chief Spotted Elk (Big Foot)’s band, which was attacked at Wounded Knee.
- Slim Buttes Agricultural Development (SBAG) Base Farm – Meet community members and enjoy a traditional Lakota meal at the SBAG Base Farm, a program which helps families across Pine Ridge start their own vegetable gardens.
- Badlands National Park – 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires, part of which share boundaries with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The 28th Anniversary Reservations Tour will take place September 10-16, 2017.
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