LCE President Maggie Dunne said about the Challenge, “although we will name winners, the process is not about winning – it’s about finding your voice and making a statement. The strong, passionate voices of Lakota youth deserve to be heard and included in public dialogues. At LCE we were overwhelmed by the thought and care that went into all of the entries this year. It is clear that the youth of Pine Ridge respect the land, are guardians of Grandmother Earth, and care about the protection of all of her creatures. The future is in good hands.”
Everyone who entered the Challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement acknowledging the incredible work they put into their entry. Announcements about the about winners will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
LCE’s 2014 prompt challenged students to speak to or about the land through their own voice, or the voices of any other creature. Entries ranged from reflections on the beauty of the land, its use, its abuse and its destruction. Others addressed the importance of the land in Lakota culture and entries were written in the voices of animals, teens, children, adults, and in the voice of the land itself.
Award ceremonies will be held on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Red Cloud High School in Pine Ridge (home to the High School Grand Prize winner) and on Friday April 11, 2014 at the Little Wound Middle School in Kyle (home to the Middle School Grand Prize Winner). The prizes presented to the schools of the Grand Prize winners are made possible by a grant from the Scarsdale Rotary Club in New York.
The April school award ceremonies will kick off Lakota Children Enrichment’s Global Youth Service Day festivities, a three day celebration. On Saturday April 12, the events will conclude with a Youth Summit from 11am – 2pm at the SuAnne Big Crow Boys & Girls Club in Pine Ridge.
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