The Future of Native Wellness™

Freedom Lodge and The Black Hills Historical Trauma Research & Recovery Center has changed the conversation about health, healing and recovery in South Dakota and across Indian Country. We believe that each of us has a role to play in the health of tribal nations and Mother Earth. Each of us has a wise contribution to make, and a deep remembering of who we have been. We hold this knowledge in our body as a walking library of our ancestors. As the 8th generation approaches, it is time to look forward, to fully heal our wounds, to reclaim our heritage and to mend the Sacred Hoop of Life. This we do to honor the next seven generations. We invite you to join us.

Our Mission


Our Vision


What We Do

For Seven


This dynamic and intuitive training offers a unique approach to recover from complex traumatic events with researched and culturally relevant tools. A somatic, body-based approach which cultivates personal and cultural memory. This program is supported with a medicine wheel model, indigenous research, hands-on skills, and a hybrid learning model. Specifically designed for inter-tribal healthcare providers and the powerful exchange of cultural medicine. This annual, 200-hour program is offered free of charge for Tribal Members. Download our FLYER or our FAQ SHEET for more information!

Meet The Freedom Lodge Team


Dr. Ruby Gibson, Executive Director 


Kara Big Crow, Director 


Ola Thompson, Creative Director 


Rhonda Akin, RN, Advisory Board 


Beverly Stabber Warne, MSN, Advisory Board


Laura Fragua-Cota, Advisory Board 


Celeste Gibson, CPA, Board of Directors 

Upcoming Events

Historical Trauma Master Class Registration Deadline

In-Person and Online, 200 Hour Program. Contact our office to reserve your seat today! Limited to 40 Spaces. Flyer!

Generational Brainspotting with Dr. Ruby Gibson

Fox Cities Center, 2320 Industrial Drive, Neenah, WI, 54956 May 1-3, 2020. Event Flyer!

2020 International Brainspotting Conference

Denver, CO – July 10-12, 2020. Info & Registration!

Freedom Lodge has created “Firestarters,” a program designed to provide firewood to Elders on the Pine Ridge reservation during the winter months. Our elders have an urgent need to supplement their heating needs with firewood because power gets disrupted on the reservation due to snow, hail and wind. Hypothermia is an issue for our communities, and tribal members are 30 times more likely to suffer an injury from hypothermia compared to local residents.

During the 2019-2020 winter months Freedom Lodge will collect firewood and deliver it directly to homes that need it for heating. This fundraiser will support us to purchase a new flatbed stake truck and 4 chainsaws to facilitate this program. Any amount will help, and your donation is tax deductible. Please reach out today with your donation or any questions. And if you know an elder that has heating needs, call our office for assistance.

For more information, contact us via our contact info below, or visit our GoFundMe page!

This we do for all our relations, Mitauke O’yasin!

Mon-Thurs: 8:30a - 5:00p
Fri: 8:30a - 3:00p
Sat & Sun: Closed

809 South Street 
Suite 203
Rapid City, SD 57701
Office: (605) 791-0787


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