By Mark St. Pierre, for Native Sun News
WOUNDED KNEE — The Wounded Knee Community Development Corporation had an abandoned old school house on land it owns south of Manderson.
It was the dream of the board of directors that this derelict building be renovated and turned over to the youth of the district as a place they could call there own, for out of school learning activities, special events, planning and initiatives to improve the District, created by young adults.
Part of the idea was to involve local youth in all the work necessary to rebuild that old structure so they could also acquire a broad range of basic construction skills in a “hands on” learning setting. Michael Brydge a graduate student in Anthropology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins agreed to help the Center for Disease Control by taking leadership role in organizing the actual construction phase. Michael originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, also happens to have worked in home construction before he started college some years back.
Starting on June 13, with a combined effort by the Wounded Knee Community Development Corporation, the OST Summer Youth Program, and generosity from Village Earth an non-governmental organization based in Fort Collins Colo., Knecht Lumber in Rapid City, LaCreek Electric in Martin, Rapid City Habitat for Humanity, Fort Collins, Colorado Habitat for Humanity, Butch’s Heating and Air, Martin and Menards, that project is now well underway.