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Touching History at Camp Amache

by Alea Wittler (Vilas, Colorado) Two summers ago (2018), during my first OC Community Internship, I was able to go to Camp Amache  near Granada, Colorado (https://amache.org/), and volunteer as

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Medical School and My Journey Homeward

By Esdras Rodriguez (Friona, TX) At a young age, I became immersed in the medical field–translating for my mom at her appointments, being hospitalized for a blood disorder and for

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Food Sovereignty: Growing Our Future

By Iyankawin Yellow Hawk (He Dog, South Dakota) The past two summers, I did my OC Internship with the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) Food Sovereignty Initiative. During my time

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Bottega Tech Apprenticeship

Things are going very well with my Bottega Apprenticeship! I am working 40 hours a week and not “training” per se, I’m working independently and doing everything a typical mentor

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Education as a Commonwealth Asset

By: Craig Schroeder (Holbrook, Nebraska)     When we think about the 12 Commonwealth Assets, it is worth considering that among them, three are of such a personal nature that

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Hidden Treasure

By: Darryl Birkenfeld (Nazareth, Texas) Ogallala Commons country is often described as empty.  People living in the plains remark that “there’s not a lot going on” in our towns, located far

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Living from your Foodshed

by Kristyn Dickey (Cheyenne Wells, CO) Food: It is colorful and nutritious and sacred; celebrated among cultures, fueling our bodies and alleviating hunger around the world. It is comfort and

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