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One Week Only: A Very Special Exhibit

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In cooperation with the Redfern Community Centre of Sydney (NSW, Australia) and the Casa delle Letterature of Rome, we are proud to present Aboriginal and Sioux Panoramas – Glances and stories of Aboriginals and Sioux, portraits of Roberto Vignoli.

The exhibit will open in three locations worldwide this week, the Buechel Museum being one of those three. Due to the museum closing for the season on Labor Day, this exhibit will only be open for one week (September 1-7, 2015).

Admission is free. Exhibit is located in the gift shop. 



WHITE RIVER OUT-OF-TOWNERS 12-STEP WEEKEND

Join the White River Out-of-Towners for their annual 12-Step Weekend!

WHERE: BEAR BUTTE LODGE (6 mi. NE of STURGIS, SD on HWY. 79)

WHEN: SEPT. 25,26,27, 2015

LODGING COST: $ 15-25 PER NIGHT

ARRANGEMENTS: YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN:

1. FOOD

2. TOWELS

3. TOILETRIES

4. SNACKS

THERE IS ROOM FOR 22 PEOPLE, CAMPING IS AVAILABLE, IF YOU WANT TO PLEASE BRING A SLEEPING BAG.

THIS IS A 12-STEP RETREAT ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: COREY @ 605-347-6673 OR JIM@ 605-259-3365



12-HOUR FAMILY RECOVERY PROGRAM: SEPTEMBER DATES!

Join us for the September presentation of the 12-Hour Family Recovery Program!

Family REcovery Program

Date: Tuesday, September 8th And Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Place: Icimani Ya Waste’ Recovery Center, St. Francis, South Dakota

The 12-Hour Family program is facilitated by local native people who live on the reservation. The program includes video clips and live role plays and is structured to meet the needs of those family members who are living on the reservation.

Family members will learn:

  • The side effects that drugs and alcohol have on the body and emotions.
  • The process of addiction and relapse.
  • Will learn about twelve step programs and other healthy ways designed for those who are affected by drugs and alcohol.
  • Learn different ways that will help family members cope and maintain a less stressful life while coping with a person who is using drugs or alcohol.
  • The how and why alcoholism or drug addiction is a family disease.
  • About Co-dependency and have a greater understanding about the issues that surround the
    Co-dependent family member.
  • How to overcome these family roles and dynamics in a healthy way in order to bring about a healthier family structure.
  • Effective communication, listening and observing skills
  • Co-dependency and enabling conduct and its role in the addiction cycle and in family structure.
  • Including more information related to families and their well –

There is no cost to attend

For applications or questions, contact:

Geraldine Provencial at (605)747-5547 or Jim at (605)259-3365 or email icimani@sfmission.org



SFM Youth Group Flea Market!

Join us for a Fund Raiser Flea Market to be held on 9/1/15 at the Digmann Hall in St. Francis from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.  This is a fund raiser flea market, lunch and bake sale for the SFM Youth group.

Tables are $10. To reserve your table please call Jenny at 747-2436 or 828-1082.

Flea Market

 



Immersion in a Language: Sapa Un Summer Immersion Program

Cargo“In talking to many younger Lakota people,” says Jody Jackson, head teacher of the Sapa Un Academy “we found that they didn’t know enough about the Lakota side of themselves, including their cultural heritage, which caused a lot of struggles. As we have developed the Sapa Un Academy, we have included Lakota based curriculum to help students embrace who they are, become their authentic selves and be the strong Lakota leaders that our community needs.”

 One of the ways that our school, the Sapa Un Academy, has incorporated Lakota teachings into our curriculum is by holding a Lakota immersion camp this summer. The camp ran for 3 weeks in July and is required for 3rd – 5th grade students at the Sapa Un Academy. Students focus on learning Lakota language, history and culture while keep up skills that they have learned during the school year.

The camp is designed to reinforce information learned during school, but also to open up students to even more knowledge about their Lakota heritage. “The Immersion camp is taught by Deacon Ben Black Bear, a fluent Lakota speaker who contributes to many projects aimed at keeping the Lakota language alive,” says Jackson. “He teachers our regular Lakota classes during the year, and at the Immersion Camp, leads students in learning more Lakota language as well as history and culture.”

In addition to language lessons, which are often woven into hikes, arts, crafts and other activities, campers visit historical sites such as the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum and Spotted Elk’s grave. Students also take part in ceremonies and songs, and learn the history behind these activities. They also engage in learning traditional arts and crafts.

“While all of our students are Lakota, they come from a mix of backgrounds – some are traditional families and some aren’t traditional at all. What we want to do with the Immersion Camp, and our Lakota studies during the school year, is to build strong Lakota leaders who can be strong and know that it is ok to walk in both worlds.”



Dental Days: An Update

St. Franics Mission

In July 2013, the Mission embarked on a new adventure – Rosebud Dental Days.  A one-week event held in conjunction with the South Dakota Dental Association, Dental Days brought South Dakota dentists to the Rosebud to provide much needed dental care. The week long event was held across the Rosebud, and was considered a success.

But it was just the beginning. Today, Rosebud Dental Days happens multiple times a year, bringing down a core group of dentists (as well as newcomers) to the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic to provide dental care to both new and returning patients. Marty Jones, Dental Clinic Director, says that the services provided during Dental Days has changed as the Clinic has grown. “Early on, we were handling many new patient cases.  Now, because of our ongoing clinics, Dental Days has allowed us to provide more services – including follow up services to patients whose dental home is the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic.”

Since the beginning of Rosebud Dental Days, we’ve partnered with the South Dakota Dental Association.  Paul Knecht, Executive Director of the South Dakota Dental Association, notes that “The St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic has helped shift the focus of need during Dental Days.  Early on, we focused on triage care, and now we have the ability to have care and a true ‘dental home’ for patients. From an oral health perspective, it is a bright light in an otherwise dark environment.” 

Thanks to all the dentists and staff who have helped make our ongoing Dental Days programs a success! What does the future hold for the Clinic & Dental Days? Stay tuned on the clinic website at www.sfmdental.com!



Mission Visits Minnesota!

Father Hatcher and Sandra McNeely recently visited St. Pius V parish in Cannon Falls, Minnesota and St. Joseph of Miesville in Hastings, Minnesota. Father Hatcher said saying mass and helped with reconciliation at both parishes this weekend, while Sandra accompanied hi to share information about the Mission with parishioners.  It was so nice to meet with them and share the story of our work on the Mission!

 



Camp is Fun! A look at Body, Mind & Soul

Body, Mind & Soul 2015 is going on this month, and boy are our kids having fun and learning lots! In this unique take on Vacation Bible School, we do Vacation Bible school activities in the morning and teach Lakota arts & culture in the afternoon!  We’ve been blessed with students and chaperones volunteers from the Xavier Jesuit High School of Cincinnati, Ohio and the Tampa Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida! Here are some highlights!



June Family Recovery Program

We know that drugs and alcohol are a problem on the Rosebud. However, RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. Join us for the 12 Hour Family Recovery Program, starting June 29th.

Date: Monday, June 29th and Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Place: St. Bridget’s Hall, Rosebud, South Dakota (Near the Post Office)

The 12-Hour Family program is facilitated by local native people who live on the reservation. The program includes video clips and live role plays and is structured to meet the needs of those family members who are living on the reservation.
Family members will learn:
• The side effects that drugs and alcohol have on the body and emotions.
• The process of addiction and relapse.
• Will learn about twelve step programs and other healthy ways designed for those who are affected by drugs and alcohol.
• Learn different ways that will help you cope and maintain a less stressful life while coping with a person who is using drugs or alcohol.
• The how and why alcoholism or drug addiction is a family disease.
• About Co-dependency and have a greater understanding about the issues that surround the
Co-dependent family member.
• How to overcome these family roles and dynamics in a healthy way in order to bring about a healthier family structure.
• Effective communication, listening and observing skills
• Co-dependency and enabling conduct and its role in the addiction cycle and in family structure.
• Including more information related to families and their well –being.

Any donation will be greatly appreciated to help cover costs

For applications or questions, contact: Geraldine Provencial at (605)747-5547 or Jim at (605)259-3365 or email icimani@sfmission.org!



A Call to Action

As pastor of the Roman Catholic parishes on the Rosebud Reservation it is my duty to warn you of a clear and present danger that threatens to overcome our communities with a wave of violence not experienced in recent history on the reservation. That danger is a tidal wave of methamphetamine and alcohol flooding our communities.

Two months ago I presided at the funeral of two brothers who were murdered. The two murderers were captured and put in prison. The cause of this tragedy was meth.

More recently there was a high speed accident in Saint Francis in which a young man was killed. The cause alcohol and drugs.

A few days ago there was a drive by shooting in Mission and a person was shot in the face. The cause attributed to the presence of meth in the complex where he lived.

A young man was killed in a car wreck in the upper cut meat area. Alcohol and drugs were the cause. At his wake in multipurpose center gang members assaulted his body in the casket in the presence of his mother and family members. Again the root cause was alcohol and drugs. An unthinkable inhuman action! An unspeakable horror!

This weekend three more young men are in the hospital after crashing their car. Alcohol again. At the moment we don’t know whether they will make it or not.

Meth and alcohol presently are causing so much death and violence within families that we can fall into the notion that this is the normal way to live. I assure you it is not. I invite all men and women of good will Traditional, Protestant and Catholic to join me in a vigorous effort to rid the reservation of these two death dealing scourges. If there are members of your family who are taking meth get them to the Meth Treatment Program in Rosebud and if they are drinking get them to the Alcohol Treatment Program. It is the most effective loving action you can take—and it will save their lives.

If you know or see people selling drugs or alcohol illegally turn them in to authorities. The scandal is that we know who these people are and where they live—all you have to do is follow the path worn to their doors by the users.

If you report meth dealers and bootleggers to authorities and are told “we are watching them” that is not good enough. These dealers of death need to be removed from the communities. We can no longer allow them to kill our young people.

I call on government both tribal and federal to take effective action against the meth dealers and bootleggers.

I call for the establishment of a joint tribal and federal taskforce to put an end to the merchants of death that afflict our communities.

People of faith and good will are not powerless in the face of these evils. We can and must confront the rising tide of methamphetamine and alcohol abuse. The danger is clear and present. We must act.

Fr. John Hatcher, S.J.

Pastor/President

Saint Francis Mission