Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Featured

No Water Challenge by Dana Lone Hill

No Water Challenge by Dana Lone Hill

When I read comments from non Natives regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, it is kind of shocking to me how much people disregard water. In fact, a few online friends of mine shocked me last year when they said they don’t even like water. They hated the way it tasted, etc. I of course, after getting over my disbelief went into a rant about how someday water will be more precious than anything. That is something that was taught to me by my grandfather, taught to him by his grandfather. The Lakota prophecy that dates back at least 300 years talks of all the water turning black someday. It says by the time white people realize how precious water is, it will be too late. People in North Dakota are so quick to defend oil and disregard water, as if oil is needed more than water. They are quick to throw their railroad workers under the train in order to put pipeline down without once thinking what they would...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured

The fight for water, the fight for oil by Dana Lone Hill

The fight for water, the fight for oil by Dana Lone Hill

Another Veteran’s Day has come and gone and we were all subjected to commercials, tv shows, news stories, listening to the honor ceremonies at football stadiums, all the tearful and sad stories of our young women and men who are overseas “fighting for our freedom.” Don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing them. Many of my ancestors have gone to war for this government and they all came back different, wounded, and PTSD. Many died before their time due to these circumstances and issues that happened because of them. I know the government recruits in poverty stricken areas, I have seen them come to our reservation offering opportunities of a lifetime to our youth when I was in high school and everyone was scared of Saddam Hussein. Many of my classmates signed up, served and came home. Some took advantage of the college opportunity but most came back to the same impoverished reservation to live as they had before, poor. I believe they went over with a warrior...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Featured

Tazer Becky Found Not Guilty‏ by Dana Lone Hill

Tazer Becky Found Not Guilty‏ by Dana Lone Hill

During the holidays is a time when we think of our relatives who are locked up.  Many handed down sentences for sentences that span into decades. Being a Native American in South Dakota, although we do not make up half the population in the state more than half of the prison and jail population is Native American.  Not to mention all those who are sent to federal prison off the reservations.  Coincidentally in the state, the statistics are about the same for the Native American children who are shuffled into the foster care system. After this year’s controversial trial with Trace O’Connell who was found not guilty for spilling beer on more than 50 Lakota children at a hockey game while screaming racial slurs and telling them to go back to the reservation, as if the land he was on wasn’t rightfully their land.  Not only was Trace O’Connell found not guilty, he was only charged with a misdemeanor in what clearly should have been a hate crime. Many...

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Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Featured

I am an Indian woman by Dana Lone Hill

I am an Indian woman by Dana Lone Hill

I am an Indian woman who stands tall and proud as short as I am I am an Indian woman strong and loud as quiet as I seem I am an Indian woman you do not mess with because you don’t know I am an Indian woman wild and restless in her own land I am an Indian woman respectful but mistreated one too many times I am an Indian woman whose never been defeated so many times I am an Indian woman who learned from her grandmother how to be. I am an Indian woman and there is no other kind of woman I would ‘wannabe.’...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Featured

Lakota Grandmothers hold our society together by Dana Lone Elk*

Lakota Grandmothers hold our society together by Dana Lone Elk*

The most respected role in Lakota society is that of grandmother, also the role most feared. Men can go around talking about being warriors and members of warrior societies but a grandmother who merely stands five feet tall commands more respect and sends more fear in peoples hearts than any so called warrior. Our uncis are nation builders, they carry us on their shoulders no matter how much we think we help them out, they are always more worried about us than twenty grandchildren can worry about them. I had a close friend lose her grandmother this past week. She was alive long enough to see five generations down. And the love and power that radiated from her was very infectious. I had the opportunity a few years ago to have lunch with my friend and her grandmother. Her grandmother had been having a long, hard fought battle with cancer but was just as sprite and curious as ever. Asking me about myself and my life as we ate...

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