There really isn’t anyone else out there doing what Sweet Grass is doing right now that I know of, and it was such an honor to be a part of it. I’ve learned so much in the month that I interned for the field school in Pine Ridge. Some of the lessons were hard-learned, but all of them were important, and I believe my experiences there will inform the rest of my career. Though I am an archaeology student, I believe that this internship will be valuable for pursuing an anthropology-adjacent career path. When working on an anthropology degree, it can be tempting to just disappear into academia since sometimes it seems like there are not a lot of other career options. This program showed me the affect that applied anthropology can have on a community when used in the right way, and I plan to use the knowledge I have gained in a positive way when pursuing research in the future.
Jessie Allison Frost
I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to spend four weeks this summer with the good people at Sweet Grass Consulting on an educational adventure at the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations in South Dakota. This experience has given me valuable perspective on the real-world applications of my education in the fields of Anthropology and Water Studies. I feel much more confident in my ability to use my skills in an impactful way and to collect information and present it in a way that is meaningful and useful. The field school allowed me the opportunity to be fully immersed in a culture and landscape that would have otherwise been unavailable to me and showed me the value in a participatory approach to learning about that culture. I was able to participate in physical, social, and computer-based work opportunities giving me an incredibly well-rounded experience. Overall, I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity and hope to continue to work with Sweet Grass in other capacities in the future.
(Jessie's son, 15)
Going to South Dakota for field school this summer has given me a new perspective on the world around me. Field school was certainly a learning experience for me that I will remember for the rest of my life.
(Jessie's son, 11)
I liked how we were able to participate in religious activities when we would not usually be able to. I also liked the fact that at night it would get really dark and really quiet.