Reservation Restoration helps transform lives of Native American youth with motorcycles

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Lara Spence says, "We brought the kids to South Dakota in 2009 for a vacation, we fell in love with Rapid City, we wanted to work on the Reservations and this was it."
Mark Spence says, "We've now started up the program, we've got to meet the boys, we've got a motorcycle and it has to be finished this summer. And its all the boys ideas, they're choosing the colors and the scheme."
Xavier BigCrow says, "Yeah, using Native shapes, basically stuff that will symbolize the Pine Ridge Reservation."
Building a bike from the frame up.
Mark Spence says "It is therapeutic, I mean you end up with something at the end of it as well, it's not just widdling your life away, you're bolting something together and at the end of it, you can actually ride it around and enjoy what you just created."
Lara Spence says, "We're hoping to teach them skills that they can use for the rest of their lives."
It's a passion that most of the kids on the reservation are not accustomed to.
Xavier Bigcrow says "Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation most kids like horses and stuff of that nature, well I like riding on dirt bikes, ATVs, motorcycles, horsepower."
But since working with the program, these boys have something to look forward to.
David Shangreaux says, "At home I'd probably be sitting on my phone, Facebook or whatever, but this, it gets me out of the house to enjoy time with these guys and work on motorcycles and stuff."
Lara believes that steering kids on the right path will help them avoid the negative detours many of them face on the reservation.
Lara Spence says, "Lots of poverty, very high suicide rate, and we just wanted to aid the kids to get ahead in life."
The bike that they are working on will be raffled off in May.
Eliana Sheriff says, "Are you guys going to be sad to see it go?"
David Shangreaux says, "No because it's going to be our work of art."
A work of art, that blends their heritage and creativity, a work of art to be proud of.
Mark Spence says ,"The motto we try to work with is actually taking the old rundown motorcycle which is supposedly like the kids, they feel rundown and trodden on, then hopefully as you rebuild the bike, you rebuild their lives."