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Dakota 38+2, the Full Movie
The Gift of Lakȟotiyapi, By Waniya Locke
My mother is from the heart of Copper River Valley of Alaska. She moved to Standing Rock Reservation after meeting my father. They were a young couple with two small children. My mother befriended a woman named Marge Edwards (Shoots the Enemy). This bond formed over the years creating a Huŋka (adoption); the younger generations thought my mother was a Lakota. Marge took us as her own, always up-holding kinship and love for us at all times.
In 2011 Lakota Language Action Education Program (LLEAP) was created. I applied for this program because I enjoyed learning our language. This path I embarked on was a path of enlightenment. I had a broken spirit, but with each word and sentence structure I learned, my spirit mended. Marge’s first language was Lakota; she obtained a teaching degree and was one of the first Lakota Language teachers on Standing Rock. She was my biggest supporter. Not only was she my aunt, but she was also my hardest teacher. She was my personal dictionary. In the beginning years of LLEAP, I would call her regularly for words, translations, and corrections or to have her hear me speak. As I progressed through my first semester of LLEAP, I felt invincible! I would call my aunt every other day just to share what I had learned.
As Thanksgiving break was approaching, another family member informed me that my aunt was sick. I called my mother to confirm the news. I finished my first semester and returned home as quickly as possible. Upon returning home, my aunt and I were up late making frybread. It was a quiet night as we cooked. I finally asked my Aunt, “Why didn’t you tell me of your condition?” She was quiet for awhile and spoke softly, “Because you and I have work to do! I didn’t want this thing to be in our way. I want our focus to be Lakȟotiyapi and education. So now let’s do some drills.” We did do drills; I had to say as many Lakota Words I knew for her as we finished frying bread.
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180 Mile Run to Commemorate Survivors of Wounded Knee
“Tuweni Tsa Obsni” They never Died. The Wounded Knee Survivors Run from Wounded Knee to Takini South Dakota starts on Dec. 29, 2014. Descendants of survivors of The Wounded Knee Massacre, men, women, children, elders and others will gather in Wounded Knee on the 29th, after the ceremonies that mark the end of the Big Foot ride are completed. This year a staff from the Bigfoot horse-ride will be carried from Wounded Knee toward Takini along with our runners’ staff. Runners will trek 180 miles in the cold winter air, as a reminder that the journey of some of our relatives didn’t end at the Wounded Knee Massacre sight. Some of the relatives journeyed back to Takini. Through the cold air and during the night, the only light that led their way was the moon. Some of the relatives that started the journey back to Takini, never made it back. Some were subdued by their injuries and they were still hunted, through territories that are now occupied by ranchers, settlers and small towns. They had to travel at night and stay hidden during the day.
Today in South Africa it’s raining. “In Africa they say when it’s raining when you are buried the gates of heaven have opened up; the gates have opened up to welcome Nelson Mandela.” -President Jacob Zuma, South Africa
Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Castro at Mandela’s funeral. Good deal. It reminds us that communism&capitalism are two sides of one coin. By that we mean neo-classical, fiat currency, economic system destroying the planet. RIPower to Madiba Mandela.
"Deadskins" is a popular reference to the Redsk*ns team by both fans opposed to the team and by team fans when the team performs "poorly."
For those who still don’t know Redskin literally means the scalp of a dead Indian man, woman, or child.
Honor treaties Not mascots
Blackfeet 7th grade basketball team in Browning helping out a player in the opposing team who has Downs Syndrome.
Mixed blood full blood halfbreed purebred pure blood diluted 4/4ths enrolled pedigreed papered 1/64th happy to be laterally oppressive statistical genocide learning to line up for rations good little Indian stagnant dynamic inherently free warrior member of the Colonizer’s biometric database…