Joe Valandra times are a changing. Many of the old barriers are gone and new ones have been formed. I too am a child of the Black Hills being born in Deadwood in 1946 and living four my first three years of school in South Canyon, Rapid City and then returning to Deadwood until I started my teens. I have lived and on the Cheyenne River Reservation and near the Rez in White Shield, ND during high school. I taught school in Dunseith, North Dakota and later the Navajo Reservation in Many Farms, AZ and finally I taught in Gallup, New Mexico. I saw the winds of change blow across all of these places. In every place I lived there was a worst place to be an Indian. Not every white person sees what you think they see, and not every Native American thinks like you. Move on. Many of these places have and the Native Americans run the BIA today. No today is not perfect. There is still a lot of prejudice and many times the Native Americans are the forgotten minority in their homeland.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 23:19