Kevin D. Hancock


Off to the printer!

Jul 24, 2015 by Kevin D. Hancock
I made the first journal entry, that would become the basis for this book, on Sunday October 28, 2012 on a flight from Chicago to Rapid City.  A short while later, my now close friend (and tribal member), "Pinky" Clifford met me at baggage claim and hosted my first visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Today, July 24, 2015, we sent the book (NOT FOR SALE) to the printer in Illinois!  In about five weeks we will be signing and shipping copies!  The book contains 200 original color photos that follow the story of my experiences in the Land of Crazy Horse.  I have a quiet peace about me as this book completes its circle...

Wopila Tanka to all my friends...


May 29, 2015 by Kevin D. Hancock
I spoke today at the annual Maine Youth Leadership Conference (MYL) ( MYL is one of my favorite organizations.  Each year it brings 10th grade “ambassadors” from every high school in Maine to come together for a program of leadership development, social tolerance and personal exploration.  For the past two years I have given the Friday morning talk to the group, during which I have shared my learnings and adventures at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. My talk explores five themes:

Overreaching. Those who hold the power in organizations often over reach.  They go too far.  Overreaching has consequences.  The conquest of the tribes of the Great Plains during America’s western expansion is one such example (from which there are...

Not For Sale May 2014

Jul 10, 2014 by Kevin D. Hancock
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My Morning Commute at Pine Ridge

My Morning Commute at Pine Ridge
Jan 31, 2014 by Kevin D. Hancock
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Pine Ridge Update

Dec 16, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
In the fall of 2012 I made my first visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota just to see what modern day life was like for the people who lived there.  What I experienced during that initial visit fascinated me.  It called out to a spirit deep within me.  I was not expecting the experience to be so powerful, but it was.  I have since been back four times and have many friends there now.  In the process…I have donated materials to build a new home there…hunted a buffalo and brought the meat to Pine Ridge to share with the tribe...launched a non-profit organization called “The Seventh Power”…and… I am now writing a book about my adventures...

Full Circle (Me and Pine Ridge)

Full Circle (Me and Pine Ridge)
Nov 07, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
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In the fall of 2013 I returned to Pine Ridge for the 4th time… during this trip I hunted buffalo in Wyoming… rented a truck… brought the meat to the REZ… shared it with the people… walked the grasslands… worked on housing issues… celebrated Halloween… recorded stories from an elder… traveled north to former tribal lands… had a vision quest there… walked the wagon tracks of the Oregon Trail… stood alone at Forts Fetterman and Laramie where treaties were made… then broken… then fought over… drove to Denver in a snowstorm… gave thanks for my family… learned that the Great Spirit forms a circle… and that the sacred number is four…

Let The Wind Blow Through You (Me and Pine Ridge continued)

Oct 29, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
I am writing a book about the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the people of Oglala Sioux Tribe who live there.  Along the way I enjoy sharing my experiences through pictures I have taken.  This video follows my third visit to the Reservation where I; participated in a dedication ceremony for a new house that was built from materials our company (Hancock Lumber) donated, attend Pow-Wow and the annual rodeo, visited Black Elk's abandoned cabin and traveled to the Black Hills to climb Harney Peak where I gave a prayer in honor of Black Elk and the Lakota people.

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I encourage you to read the book 'Black Elk Speaks' and stay posted for my book coming in...

The Pine Ridge Story - 6 minute video

Oct 18, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
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For the past 12 months I have been spending time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwest corner of South Dakota. “The Rez” as those who live there call it, is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The tribe has a rich history as they are the descendants of Red Cloud, Spotted Tail, Crazy Horse, Black Elk and other famous Sioux leaders. The Oglala Sioux were leaders in Battle at Little Big Horn in 1876 and the famous massacre site at Wounded Knee is located on their reservation. They belong to the Lakota band of Sioux Indians who, as late as the 1870’s controlled a vast territory stretching from the Missouri River to the Big Horn Mountains....

An Employee Led Company

Oct 02, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
The Maine based construction company Cianbro has a sign up on their conference room in Pittsfield that simply reads, “No one in this room is smarter than all of us.” Another quote I like is, “If both of us always agree, one of us isn’t necessary.”Back in April I toured every location to sit in on employee focus groups. At each mill and store I sit with 8-9 employees and hear their thoughts on their work experience at Hancock Lumber. I really am interested in people’s perspectives on our company. I describe these sessions as ‘No Judgment Zone’ discussions. I think we can all spend too much time evaluating people’s views to determine if they are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ instead...

OST, Housing and Writing My First Book

Apr 05, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
Last November I visited South Dakota and Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Indian people.  This tribe has an incredible history with leaders such as Red Cloud and Crazy Horse.  They ruled the entire northern plains from the Missouri River to the Big Horn Mountains for nearly 200 years.  They defeated Custer and the 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn.  One of their bands was the victim of the last great Indian massacre at Wounded Knee.  Approximately 100 years later in the 1970’s they had the stand-off with Federal Marshall’s at Wounded Knee that lasted for weeks.  In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government violated their 5th amendment rights (taking without just compensation) in taking the...

Customer Quote

Apr 05, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
"Customer intimate companies don't deliver what the market wants, but what specific customers want. Their employees make sure that EACH customer gets EXACTLY what he or she REALLY wants." This is one of my favorite quotes for our business and I use it all the time - it is on pine plaques spread across the company, as well as in my email signature.  Our collective job at Hancock Lumber is to listen to our customers and deliver exactly what they need and want, day in and day out.

Hancock Lumber named MITC Exporter of the Year

Apr 04, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock

Working Together

Apr 04, 2013 by Kevin D. Hancock
I have often found in business that the most powerful concepts are right in front of us in plain sight. Builders and suppliers have always “worked together” but today at Hancock Lumber we see a much deeper commitment forming that is redefining what this means. In our new economy ACCURACY and EFFICIENCY are the keys to increasing profitability. When there was more than enough work to go around the supply chain inefficiencies could be dismissed or “out run” because everyone had so much work. Today, improvement comes from better planning and more collaboration designed to get things right the first time.Team sports have been a big part of my life. What I love most about this business is that we need each other...