The Department of Language & Culture in collaboration with the Department of Education hosted its annual Youth Lock-In on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, 10pm-6am, at the 3 Mile Project in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Alaina Eagle Shield and Tonia Jo Hall from the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota spoke to the youth in attendance. The 91 youth also enjoyed basketball, volleyball, a Ninja Warrior course, skateboarding, language games, cultural crafts, Gaga ball, video games, billiards, foosball, a traditional dice bowl tournament, corn hole, and much more.
Citizen Tyler Mead most enjoyed the basketball court. This was his first lock-in experience, and while he says his body was tired, his spirits were high.
“The environment was energetic,” Tyler said. “The people were good to be around. It gave me something to try.”
This is an annual opportunity for Pokagon youth, their friends and other tribal youth throughout Michigan to enjoy a time to get out of their homes during these winter months, burn off energy, catch-up with friends and have fun in a safe environment. The vast amount of activities allowed everyone to remain active the entire night, which is exactly what we strive for.