Project journals

Pat Trotter

May 11, 2022 Black Hills – No to Mt Rushmore

The next area visited on my pilgrimage was Keystone in the Black Hills near Mt. Rushmore. A visit to Mt. Rushmore was not on our to-see list! The monument is a painful reminder to the Lakota people that the sacred land was promised to the Lakota in perpetuity in the

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Standing Rock

It wasn’t until we headed into the Standing Rock Reservation that I began to get a sense of the issues facing the Lakota people. The Standing Rock Reservation consists of 2.8 million acres spread over North and South Dakota. When it was originally established under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty

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Knife River

The next day we were greeted by a cool rain as we drove from Bismarck to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, a National Park Service site established in 1974. This was the camp of the Mandan tribes with whom Lewis and Clark spent the winter on their journey

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In Search of Native Voices

In early May,  I embarked on my journey to Indian country armed with only a cursory knowledge of the American Indian.  My eyes had been opened when I read the Indigenous People’s History of the United States and realized how all of my schooling had gotten it wrong. It was

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July 29, 2021

My education about long lining continues as I spent a few hours back at Lighthouse Marina talking to Dan Mears, owner of the Monica and his son Danny who captains the boat. Danny explained that in the summer months when the ocean is warmer they can’t leave the hooked fish

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Lighthouse Marina

I was down at the inlet by 7:00 AM today as the Monica was due in between 7:30 and 8:00 AM and I didn’t want to miss her. I had pictures of her before she went to the shipyard to be worked on but when I showed them to Dan

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July 27, 2021

It was a quiet day in Viking Village but the Kathy Ann was getting ready to head out so I waited around. I have wanted to photograph her heading out so it was worth the wait. Since it was midday the light was not optimal but the photos of this

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