We are really excited to be a part of the LCE team this summer! We are both new to the world of nonprofit organizations, and are looking forward to learning about what it takes to keep Lakota Children’s Enrichment up and running. In these first few days we have learned so much about the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and we are looking forward to learning even more, and to helping promote awareness about the issues facing Native American youth. We look forward to helping advance the great work that is being done here at LCE!
A bit about US:
Jordan Kolinski is a 2015 graduate of Colgate University, with a double major in Anthropology and Native American Studies. She became interested in Native American issues and history after taking a cultural course about the Iroquois during her sophomore year at Colgate. Founder Maggie Dunne, who she met through her sorority Tri-Delta, introduced her to Lakota Children’s Enrichment and Jordan immediately realized that she wanted to help make a difference at the Pine Ridge Reservation. Jordan has been keeping the LCE blog up to date with relevant news stories and looks forward to continuing to reach out to the public and educating them about the issues facing native youth today.
Fun fact: Anytime she has the chance, Jordan travels — and has been to more than 20 countries! Jordan attempted to learn German (not very successfully) while living in Austria for 5 weeks and is almost fluent in Italian after studying in Italy for 4 months.
Julie Spindel is a rising Junior at Colgate University, double majoring in History and Philosophy. Jordan is looking forward to helping advance programs for Native Youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Julie has not learned much Native American history and is excited to participate in an internship with LCE because will allow her to learn so much more about this important part of American History. Jordan looks forward to helping spread awareness and to educating others who are unaware of the daily struggles and inequalities that continue to face Native Americans communities. So far, Julie has been mastering social media outlets and she plans to guest blog on our website, too.
Fun fact: Julie likes spending her time outdoors hiking, running, water skiing, and anything else on the water. Julie recently learned how to surf and wants to go skydiving one day!