540 posts tagged Lakota
The Killdeer Mountain Conflict: General Sully’s 1864 Punitive Campaign Conflicts In Dakota Territory By Dakota Wind
“The Lakȟóta and Dakȟóta knew Killdeer Mountain as Taȟčá Wakútepi (Where They Hunt/Kill Deer), Killdeer. The hunting there was good and dependable, and the people came there regularly, not just to hunt but to pray as well. The plateau rises above the prairie steppe allowing for a fantastic view of the landscape, and open sky for those who came to pray.”
The Eaglebull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for speaking out against the activity this school flier discusses. The school encouraged children to ‘dress up like a Native American.’ Other activities included making feathered headbands and playing Indian.
Now the family faces an undue financial burden for expressing freedom of speech and asking the school to end culturally offensive curriculum.
Please contribute here to help this family fight back. This legal decision will impact all Natives. Every dollar helps. There is $6,000 left to raise: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
HELP A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT IS BEING SUED BY THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR QUESTIONING CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE THANKSGIVING CURRICULUM
The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there. The school was having children make feathered headbands and literally play Indian. When the Native parents expressed disapproval over it, rather than address this racially sensitive issue, the school told them to keep their children home from class.
This case is moving forward and they need to raise funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against redface, appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there.
They’re raising funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
George Harrison, John Trudell, & Bob Dylan. Photo from Tara Trudell
Fighting with Spirit: How Greasy Grass was Won, By Ruth Hopkins
In ceremony, Sitting Bull gave 100 pieces of flesh. He went without water for two days and two nights. At Deer Medicine rocks, Sitting Bull was given a vision. During his life, Sitting Bull had several visions that came true. Yes, Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull) was a Chief, a statesman, and an exemplary warrior who was a sash wearer and member of the Kit Fox Society and the Midnight Strongheart Society, but he was also a respected holyman. He was a prophet.
In his vision, Sitting Bull saw soldiers riding on horseback, falling asunder into his camp. Their hats fell off. They fell like grasshoppers, he said. It was then that a voice told him: “I give these to you because they have no ears.” To Sitting Bull and other Lakota this vision meant they would have a great victory over the bluecoats. Sitting Bull’s vision occurred just two weeks before the Battle at Greasy Grass.
During the Battle of Greasy Grass, Sitting Bull did not fight because he was older. Instead, he gave his strong medicine to his nephews White Bull and One Bull, who did.
When Custer attacked, some warriors were just getting out of Inipi. They grabbed their weapons and started fighting right out of the sweat lodge. Was this because Custer caught the Lakota sleeping? No. The Lakota knew the 7th Cavalry was coming. Those men were in Inipi because ceremony and prayer are central to living Wolakota. We don’t compartmentalize our spiritual beliefs and keep them separate from the rest of who we are. This isn’t Sunday church service. Ceremony is life. We are to live our sacred ways every day the best we can.
We are a prayerful people, a soulful people. Spirituality is key to our identity as Oceti Sakowin, and the same can be said for many Natives who practice their traditional ways. We are spirits inhabiting bodies and there’s no defeating the spirit of a Native who is the living embodiment of his or her ancestors. This is something the Western Empire never fully understood, although they realized it was powerful. That’s why the government outlawed our sacred ceremonies for decades. We should all be thankful to those who kept them safe so we could pass them onto future generations.
Each of us is fighting a difficult battle- be it personal one, or for your family or community. Some fight addiction or trauma, others fight poverty, oppression, environmental destruction, or societal ignorance. Some of us are simply born to rage. Yet no matter your battle remember this: do as your ancestors did and consult the spirits. Let them help. Sitting Bull did. Purify yourself with sage and cedar. Pray. Sometimes that’s all you have, but it may be all you need. Arm yourself with the pipe, the canupa. This is the missing piece of our current puzzle, folks. Returning to the ways will bring healing and mend the sacred hoop.
This is Chief Gall as he is known to the world. The Lakota called him Pizi (refers to Gall of the organs) ; he was a Blotahunka (War Generals with authority only on the battlefield) whose 2 wives and several children were killed in the opening of the Battle of the Little Big Horn on this day 138 yes ago (June25,1876). Gall was driven by passion that day, after seeing his family cut down, to use only the hatchet against his enemies during the battle. There are celebrations of song, dance, horse races and competition all across the Northern Plains to commemorate the Lakota, Cheyenne & Arapaho allied victory over the Americans today.
We were never the aggressors; we only defended our lands, women and children -Sitting Bull Sitting Bull was gifted with the vision at Deer medicine rocks that foretold a victory that day at the Little Big Horn (only the Lakota were not to enjoy spoils of battle, scalps, goods etc but they did and were pursued in the months after). Sitting Bull was vital in the Cheyenne-Lakota alliance as the battle-weary Cheyenne having just had mostly women and children killed on the Washita by Custer sought aid of Sitting Bull’s Hunkpapa forces, which Sitting Bull committed to fighting the USA as the Cheyenne were allies. Sitting Bull was the only man in Lakota history to be considered a “Chief” of all Tetonwan bands after Whites began violating the 1868 treaty and all Lakota bands agreed to be bound by Sitting Bull’s decision for war or peace in relation to the American trespassers. The USA to this day maintains a legal, economic and political oppression on the Sioux Nation based on the doctrine of discovery which is a complete religious-legal fiction enforced by fear, poverty and military-police state.
Gall had his family slaughtered in the opening of Little Big Horn; he & Crazy Horse strategized. Custer had it coming.
We were never the aggressors; we only defended our lands, women and children -Sitting Bull
Remembering the Battle of Greasy Grass, June 25th, 1876