Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Featured

Cheyenne River Lakota Opposes TransCanada by Wiyaka Chasing Hawk

Cheyenne River Lakota Opposes TransCanada by Wiyaka Chasing Hawk

Transcanada threatens the lives of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Like many of us that grew up in country of Cheyenne River Reservation, there are few stories that are picked up in main stream media outlets. With this piece, I hope to break the cycle and create our own voice when it comes to our opposition to Transcanada. As a Lakota male that was raised with the oral tradition, language and ceremonies of our ancestors. The Lakota have always remained defiant when dealing with waves of threats to our lands whether it was for the stealing of the Black Hills or Pick-Sloan Act of 1944. My grandfather played a major role in stalling the construction of the Oahe Dam for two years. Point is, we are descended from great protectors and defenders of mother earth and it is understood that she will continue to protect and defend us. The United States Government attempted to force us to believe that having false religions, false senses of duties and imprisonment would subdue...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Red Scaffold country; Rich in the Lakota way of life

By  :  Wiyaka Chasing Hawk Greetings my relatives.   My name is Wiyaka Chasing Hawk; I am a proud father of a 7 year old daughter named Cokabunwin which means “Center of the People” in Lakota, and a member of the Itazipcola (No Bows) band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe located in north central South Dakota.  I am also a full-time student majoring in Tribal Management at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D.  I would like to begin with a narrative of my childhood living in the countryside of the small community of Red Scaffold nestled in Ziebach County and more widely known as the “West End”.   Growing up as a young boy living with my father Eagle Hunter in the country, our close relatives Cecil and Lois Chasing Hawk and their six boys lived one mile north of us.  The youngest of the boys, Wade and I, were inseparable.  During the summer months we were awestruck with this vast land that was around us and took every...

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