Thunderwolf, I take it from your name that you are Native American? Maybe? Sometimes that is not the case.
I have some questions about reservations in South Dakota.
Working with the Native Americans has been a passion of mine, the prospect of it excites me. I loved Native Americans since I was little. I was taught to respect and emulate them for their pride, honor, loyalty, spirituality and standing up for their beliefs.
Before I ever started LPN school, years ago, my intention was to work for the Indian Health Service and I was scared away due to seeing a documentary on Indian healthcare. I then later had life situations-health, finances, and I forgot about IHS.
I now have a BSN and I am now 44 and need to do this before I get older. I am single and do not have kids. The reason that I am saying this is that I do not have to have schools
for a child or need a job for a spouse. I am pretty much free to go anywhere. If the aforementioned was true, of course this would affect my choices in reservations.
I know I will probably have a culture shock. First mainly from the small numbered bed hospitals. I am used to working in 300+ bed hospitals. I know that I will see a lot substance abuse, poor conditions especially if I travel to rural areas.
I am wondering about how they would receive a white nurse around the Rosebud, Pine Ridge Reservations. I wonder about the closest reservation to the Black Hills. I also am thinking about some Cherokee reservations in Oklahoma since I was told this is in my ancestry.
I am a gadget queen and I wonder if I would have to worry about my electronics or belongings being stolen while I am away from my apartment around the Rosebud or Pine Ridge reservations.
I need to know your impression of these reservations from other people's reports that you might have heard.
I also want to learn the Lakota language if I have to work with the elderly. I already have an elementary textbook with the CD on my iPod. I would like to find online language courses if they are available.
If any of these questions sound like a stupid tourist, I am sorry. No disrespect intended, esp. since I respect Native Americans so very much.