Some protesters wave signs, others chant bumper-sticker slogans. But to draw attention to the housing shortage plaguing the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Oglala Sioux have another plan: They're going plop down half a reservation house two blocks from the United States Capitol.
The house will leave April 13 from Kyle on a truck and take a media tour along the way, according to Kristi Blue Bird, who does computer support for the Oglala Sioux Lakota Housing Authority.
"We have a really bad problem with overcrowding," Blue Bird said. "Three or four families living in one home, which also causes wear and tear on homes."
About 14,000 people are on a waiting list to get housing on the reservation, she said. Due to a lack of funding, however, the tribe can only build 10 houses per year, according to Bluebird.
The house itself came from the reservation and is one of the oldest houses built there, she said. Along its journey, the house will stop in Sioux Falls, Des Moines, Iowa, and Cleveland, she said.
It's one way to highlight the poor conditions on the reservation to people who have never experienced it.
Said Blue Bird, laughing: "We'll just take the rez to you."