Alternative Breaks Program

Native American Housing Disparities (South Dakota)


This program, run over Spring Break, will fully immerse participants in a Native American community located in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Participants will work with Okiciyapi Tipi to perform various tasks including building, repairing, and painting, while also learning about the Lakota culture.

During the program, participants can expect to enhance their knowledge of the issues facing this specific community as well as the challenges faced by Native Americans communities across the United States.  On site, participants can expect to build one-on-one relationships with the individuals and families on the reservation through a variety of service. Participants can expect to help complete larger projects within the community which could include repairing homes, building wheelchair ramps, repairing leaky roofs, and skirting trailers. Participants will also experience the strength of the Lakota culture through interactions with community members and participation in events.

Participants will be challenged to rethink their definitions of these difficult social issues while exploring new ways to engage in service. Upon return to campus, we hope that these experiences will continue to impact participants and that they can continue to help raise awareness about these issues.


The cost for this program is $850. This cost includes all food, transportation, housing, and program fees. All participants might need is personal spending money.


If you would like additional information on this program, please contact us!