Our Language is a Gift from the Creator
When the letter arrived at our village, I wasn’t around, but my mom and dad told me they picked it up like it weighed a thousand pounds. They held it up to the light and joked about trying to figure out what it said before I could see it.
A recent spot on National Public Radio brought deserved attention to a most sacred ceremony of Indian peoples.
About 15 years ago, brain tissue from 33 infants who succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was taken from Northern Plains tribes, including Pine Ridge, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River, as part of the Aberdeen Indian health Service Infant Mortality Study.