PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION- 


omewhere near the badlands

omewhere near the badlands

JULY 2015

The morning after the sentencing, I drove away from our state capital without a plan.  I wanted the horror of the last year to disappear.  I wanted to disappear too.  I sent my sons and husband back home.  My car drove to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  No plan.  

I needed time and space to think.  There is plenty of that on Pine Ridge.  Time.  Space.


Community Service Pine Ridge

Community Service Pine Ridge

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Judge Brown sentenced me to 24 years.  2 years in the State Penitentiary for each 12 Felonies.  Then the words, "with 3 years of probation and 500 hours community service to the poorest people in our state."   

 


my initial attempts at community service

my initial attempts at community service

500 hours . . 

What are the rules of community service?  

I have served my community for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a town of 800 people has a quick way of teaching community responsibility.  Everyone from the grocery store owner to the town drunk showed me they each had a role to play.  

Now a judge says do 500 hours to repay the community for your crime.  "Be sure you are serving the poorest people in our state."  How would you do community service?