VISITS PINE RIDGE RESERVATION
The Elemental Awareness Foundation has been traveling across the nation visiting Indian reservations to empower their skate scenes and supporting them with product for over a decade. The Lakota reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota was the aim of this years journey. The road was long, cold, and the van broke down on the way. Luckily, a big rig truck from a diesel repair shop in Nebraska could be borrowed made it to the events.
"The reservations of our nation are notorious for their poverty, substance abuse, and high teen suicide rate. What you don't always hear about are all of the wonderful things that coexist with the bad: the smiles, the high fives, the communities, the ceremonies, the kickflips, and the grinds. Those are the things we saw and focused on during our visit."
In the words of the great Lakota Chief, Sitting Bull, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
We had a wonderful experience sharing skateboarding with the children of the reservation, and cannot wait to visit again. Special thanks to Walt from the Stronghold Society and Dana, David and Sky Anselmo plus element & new balance numeric for helping make this trip possible.