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Oglala Lakota Nation

Sioux Suicides

Martin Marty | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Most of us who live far from the reservation can turn the page and move on. But, given the history of the U.S. Government and the citizen record, one seeks "a spiritual victory" without much hope.

The Silent Epidemic

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
K.J. Wetherholt

A close friend from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home of over 40,000 Oglala Sioux, posted some devastating news on Facebook a few days ago.

Our Kids Should Be Allowed to Go Anywhere

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

I came home to California to find the story about the hockey game lighting up my computer screen at work, in disbelief that something so cruel had happened within miles of where I was sitting with people I loved.

I Left a Little of Me at Wounded Knee

Ana Garcia | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia

If the West was going to be won, the people needed stories of legends and victories whether they were true or not. I believe the truth is important. That's why I had to go to Wounded Knee.

'Moccasins on the Ground' Aims to Shield People from 'Black Venom' of Keystone XL

Tom Weis | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

Oyate Wahacanka ("Shield the People"), a project of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, has erected tipi spirit camps along the northern route of Keystone XL to "stop progress along the pipeline right-of-way."

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

We Bleed Too: Tony Bush, PTSD and the Discharge Status of Vietnam Veterans

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

Despite the U.S. government having traditionally subjugated, marginalized, and even committed genocide against the Lakota, members of the Oglala nation have served in every branch of the service both before and since the Snyder Act (1924) and the Nationality Act of 1940 made Native Americans legal U.S. Citizens.

Through a Child's Eyes: Images From Pine Ridge Reservation

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Sometimes, I give her the camera without saying anything. Other times, I give her prompts. "Take pictures of the things you love, whatever is special to you." The following photographs represent one corner of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as seen through the eyes of a 5-year-old girl.

The Culture Within: The Day I Met Delores Takes War Bonnet

Katie Scarlett Brandt | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Katie Scarlett Brandt

Before Ray died of a heart attack at age 57, he told his wife, "You have a book in you. You need to get it out." Delores, 58, is the reason I look at Ray's photo everyday. In April, I made the 14-hour drive from Chicago to Delores' home on Pine Ridge.

Lynne Peeples

Tribes Fight Keystone XL 'Black Snake' | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

Debra White Plume and Marie Brush Breaker Randall stood in the middle of Highway 44, alongside more than 70 other members of the Oglala Lakota Nation....

Remembering Lakota Ways

Emil Her Many Horses | Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion
Emil Her Many Horses

Much of traditional Lakota culture was threatened in the early 1900s. After the Lakota people were placed on reservations in the late 1800s, the U.S. government forbade their language and ceremonial life.

The Word 'Honoring' Should've Read 'Remembering'

Tim Giago | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Tim Giago

A faulty headline can change the entire focus of a news story. It was unfortunate that a Native newspaper chose the word "Honoring" instead of "Remembering" in its headlines last week.

Martin's Legacy: A Dying Native American Leads the Charge for Change

Chris Bashinelli | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Chris Bashinelli

What's astonishing is that although Martin lives in one of the most economically challenging areas of the country, he refuses to put himself first. He struggles out of bed with one goal in mind -- to find employment for the reservation's youth.

Why Native American Truths Can Heal The World

Joseph M. Marshall III | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Joseph M. Marshall III

There are wise people in the world from all walks of life, from many nations and cultures. It is our hope that one day wisdom -- rather than might, arrogance and bluster -- will rule the world.

Lakotas Launch Hunger Strike Against Tar Sands Pipelines

Rocky Kistner | Posted 06.03.2012 | Green
Rocky Kistner

In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a 48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline -- and all tar sands pipelines -- they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in the U.S and in Canada.

The Irony of the Black Hills Buffalo Roundup

Tim Giago | Posted 12.02.2011 | Home
Tim Giago

What started out as a small roundup attended mainly by ranchers has expanded into a spectacle that includes a Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival, exhibits of Native American and Western arts, crafts, musicians, dancers and poets, and educational programs.

Pine Ridge Rising: Community-Based Development Project Gets Underway

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephanie Woodard

Oglala Lakota community leader, Nick Tilsen, envisions a vibrant future for his people. He sees elements of that transformation already in place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Holiest Place: A Prose Poem for the Christmas Season

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Frank LaMere, human-rights advocate, executive director of Four Directions Community Center, in Sioux City, Iowa, and member of the Winnebago Tribe...

Adventure Shopping Alert: Pine Ridge Shop Offers Fine Lakota Crafts

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Stephanie Woodard

"Visitors always ask, 'where's the turquoise?' " said Myrtle Cedar Face, the manager of a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation gift shop. You won't find Navajo rugs or Pueblo pottery either.

Operations Analysis: The Battle of Fall River

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

During a recent special session of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation's Shannon County Commission, images of another encounter slipped across the action. B...

South Dakota Election Scandal: Are Oglala Sioux Voting Rights Doomed?

Stephanie Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Woodard

Native Americans have long faced police harassment and illegal voter challenges in South Dakota. Those problems may soon be over because South Dakota has no plan to provide any voting at all in this fall's election.

The Revival of the Lakota Language

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

There has been a big push of late to re-awaken the language, and it has been a fight for the Lakota instructors to get the young people to respond to their message.