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Naugatuck on the Reservation: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Timothy Nurnberger

Tomorrow will be the last day for me working on the reservation. I have had ample time to reflect on my experience and what I will take from working with the resilient people of the Lakota Nation. Resilient is an interesting choice of words for me to use. As a helping professional, I have dedicated my life to working with people from different backgrounds and stories, but I have never worked with people that have a history quite like the Lakota.

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Farmington Valley Association on the Reservation: May 3-10, 2014

Timothy Nurnberger

There are twenty two of us from the Farmington Valley Association representing a variety of churches in the Avon-Granby-Bristol-Terryville (Connecticut) area. Anyone who has not seen Simply Smiles in action in person must come to La Plant, South Dakota. The staff are amazing people with hearts of gold. And the people of La Plant are a blessing; simply being with the people warms your soul. The needs here are huge. The needs are ongoing. The needs are hard. And yet there is hope…

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