After 12 years working with the Lakota (Sioux) people, I shared their concern about a book about natives written by a non-native. This historical novel, first in a trilogy, is amazingly well researched and well written. It accurately portrays the culture of the Lakota people and provides vivid descriptions of life, hardships, and dreams of those who chose to move west on wagon trains crossing the US. It also portrays the immigrants who came here lured by the dream of a new life, and the conflicts that occurred as a result of different cultures and different lifestyles. It also vividly describes those who viewed Natives as a group to be dominated and annihilated if necessary to meet a political goal or to pursue personal riches - something that continued long after the time of Manifest Destiny.
The Lakota language is unique and varied, with various ways of saying something. The word "pilamaya" is often used for a simple "thank you," while "wopila tanka" has a broader, ceremonial usage to express gratitude for all aspects of life in a wider sense, and refers to a general statement of gratefulness that applies to a group.
Extreme Weather Hits Pine Ridge
It is now bitter cold on the Reservation and the forecast is for it to continue. The people are out of wood and those who are disabled are much in need of our help. Many people on the Reservation are amputees due to diabetes and many more are struggling with cancer and heart disease.
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The recent passage of the federal tax overhaul, regardless of one's opinion about who is helped or harmed by it, has added some additional fuel for your financial fire as 2017 draws to a close.