I would like to address the written comments of this article and most pointedly, the historically directed assumption, that the Great Sioux Nation was left "defeated and broken". Given that I am not a historian or make any claims of being anything other than a proud Lakota, I take umbrage at the author's proclamation that at any time , we as Lakota's, were ever "defeated or broken". On the contrary, even though we did experience the degrading aftermath of our conquest at the Little Bighorn, there is nothing in our oral history that points to us as a people, having experienced an attitude of being "defeated and broken". I can only assume, as the author has done, that times were difficult and the future dark, but I doubt ever, that my ancestors considered themselves to be "defeated and broken". Let me remind you that we are still here, a proud and resilient people, with the same aspirations and spirit as our ancestors, for the well being of our future generations, as they must have entertained, and so proudly in some cases, died for. So, in the future, when you try to intensify support for your non-profit and it's accomplishments, (which are admirable), try to do it by the weight of your actions, and not by making a historical assumption that inadvertently tarnishes the oral history of a proud people, the Lakota Nation.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 16:24