The Beyond the Borders Initiatives are Lasallian international outreach programs, designed to serve the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.
OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA BLACKFEET IMMERSION
OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA (Come and See) Blackfeet Immersion is one of the Lasallian Beyond the Borders Initiatives, which takes place in the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana.
Browning is the capital of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, home to 12,000 Blackfeet and it is located in one of the poorest counties in the US.
The reservation has one of the highest high school dropout rates of the reservations in Montana, there are few facilities for youth and little opportunity for them to engage in positive social activities.
Throughout the year, De La Salle Blackfeet School hosts groups for an immersion experience.
Students, families and teachers come from across the country to learn more about the culture of the Blackfeet Indians and the life on the reservation.
This immersion experience invites them to affirm a common bond among all peoples and challenges perceived boundaries between oneself and others.
The OKI-NI-SOO-KA-WA Blackfeet Immersion program is in place to spread awareness on issues dealt with on American Indian Reservations to those groups who visit from around the country, and in support of the De La Salle Blackfeet School.
As students and families become aware, they are invited to take action through support of the school as they respond to poverty through faith and in the transformative power of education.
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