(Music by Music by Cante’ T’inza)
As snow blanketed the hills and grasslands of South Dakota, young Lakota riders journeyed onward through the Badlands on horseback on their way to Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The cold was undeniable, many mornings not reaching above single-digit temperatures. Those who awaited their arrival at each location they took up camp could feel the chill in their bones as they huddled next to one another. But no matter what, every year these riders honor their 300 ancestors lost at the Wounded Knee Massacre on Dec. 29, 1890.
The Omaka Tokatakiya (Future Generation Ride) is a nearly 300-mile trek from Standing Rock Reservation to Wounded Knee to Pine Ridge in 15 days. It also commemorates Chief Big Foot’s flight from the Cheyenne River Reservation on Dec. 23, 1890. He was later intercepted by the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment at Porcupine Butte and escorted to Wounded Knee on Dec. 28, 1890.
Keep Going – The Lakota Way by Joseph Marshall III
Rosebud Students Make Film to Show they still LIVE!
You may watch the entire broadcast of “Oceti Sakowin” at South Dakota Public Television we site click here
Dakota 38 – LARGEST MASS EXECUTION CARRIED OUT BY U.S.-Published in 2012
The Wolf People – by Joseph Marshall III
We — the wolf and the first peoples — have within us a key to the future of this country and, indeed, the world. A truth instilled by adversity. A truth both ancient and new.
Milenniums ago we both roamed freely. We did not destroy the land or contaminate the water or foul the air. Our populations did not exceed the physical world’s ability to support us. We each had a place in the natural order, the Great Circle of Life, and we kept our places. Nor did we unduly or self-righteously interfere with any other species.
The new, more recent truth comes from having stood on the brink of extinction. It is simple and frightening. The actions, attitudes, and policies by which Indians and wolves are “controlled” are the same that are applied to the land, air, water — attitudes and policies that have deep roots in arrogance, ignorance, and apathy when they should be based on truth, understanding, and compassion.
For the sake of the world, we pray that non-Indians and non-wolves will see these truths. And if these truths are seen and accepted, then we will all know that there is a natural order still, no matter how much we may have allowed technology and anthropocentrism to hide it from us.
Interview at DemocracyNow.org – James Anaya, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has conducted the United Nations’ first-ever investigation into the plight of Native Americans living in the United States. Anaya’s recommendations include advising the U.S. to return some land to Native American tribes, including South Dakota’s Black Hills