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Murisa Polk

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During Spring Break 2018, students and staff road-tripped to Browning, Montana for a mission trip. They served on the reservation called Blackfeet, where a Lasallian school resides. All the students in the school are Blackfeet Indian, sixty percent of the kids born in Blackfeet are either addicted to meth or have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Coming into the school each student was assigned to a classroom. In the classroom, they would sit with the students; read with them, help them with presentations, and keep them focused on homework assignments.

Sitting with our students, the younger ones would find a calm environment with people who care and help them with their problems.

Then it was time for BK students to learn.  They heard about the sacred folk tale of the dogs. An elder of the tribe said that they used to have a dog catcher that would catch all these dogs and put them in a little prison outside of the tribe. Then one day the dog catcher was going to put another dog in the prison until he heard the dogs that were in a circle speaking the Blackfeet language. Saying they were disappointed with the people for being locked up, so he freed them. Since then the people of Blackfeet believe that all the dogs should be free to roam the land just like they are.

Student Valentin Danescu (12)  is grateful for the experience of a  once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I knew going into that trip. Those kids especially 60 percent alcohol and meth problems”, Danescu said. “ I knew it was going be a rough area, but it was rough. All these things are real positives knowing that I’m there because I know that those kids are doing the best they can each day”.

Going on this experience, Abby Scalet (12)  wishes others could experience as well.

“I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a real eye opener about how life is for anyone else is different than your own,” Scalet said. “Mission trips like these help you grow as a person to help your community and yourself for a physical and spiritual life evaluation.”

Strange how being in a different environment can change your whole purpose to life with one different story at a time.

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