Reflections on a 2022 Volunteer Week with ReMember by Anita Cristina Calcaterra

Spending a week with ReMember in the summer of 2022 was eye opening and inspiring. I gained a deeper understanding of the culture of the Oglala Lakota Nation and the unique stressors that permeate their lives. Along with being able to make things and do things with my own hands that people wanted and needed, the ReMember staff planned and organized other activities that were interesting and enjoyable.  The accommodations, although simple, were comfortable and I was able to have my dietary needs met at all meals. I left with a deeper understanding of the challenges, the history and the beauty of the Lakota people. It was an experience I will not forget!