Trusting friendships critical to Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - For the ambassadors of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi, relationships matter. So too does history.

Marnie Herrmann and Whitney Rencountre, Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors

Marnie Herrmann and Whitney Rencountre are Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors. They are working to create a message to the community.

From the very start of their work to bridge cultures between Native and non-Native people in the Black Hills region, the group has stood together, on equal footing, to find understanding amidst a complex and storied history, discover commonalities within differences, set a positive and productive tone for hard conversations, and celebrate who we are as a culturally rich community.

Many people in the community-Native and non-Native alike-are still living the experiences that they lived 50 years ago. There are issues of trust at the forefront of many of our challenges.

The group believes their work is about developing authentic, trusting relationships-which takes time. Through continued activity and action by the ambassadors of Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi, the Rapid City community is starting to see and feel that relationships are improving.

This is not to say that there aren't setbacks on the way. This work is hard, and trust will often be challenged, but with an energy, power and spirit, the ambassadors say this movement will continue to push forward.

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