Wednesday, February 17, 2016
In doing social work, sometimes you do what is needed. While I worked for the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, a tribal member's house burned, and a family was homeless. I was on the phone to arrange with B.I.A. housing for a double wide trailer to be provided. The tribe provided a property for the same, and would get water and electricity to the site. The septic tank would also be provided by the B.I.A. However they would not provide the labor for placing the septic tank nor the leach line. That is one of those extra duties as assigned. Someone from the B.I.A. directed the project, and I and tribal employees provided the labor. We spent a day putting this in. Of course a back hoe did most of the heavy work, but there was shoveling to get the right slant, and then shoveling in gravel. I don't know much about such things, and just did what I was shown. However it felt good to provide a real contribution, and for the family with there young ones to move back in. I was able to visit them a couple months later delivering Christmas gifts provided by Save The Children. It takes a community sometimes.