Vern Traversie and His Two and a Half Year Wait for Answers
His saving grace, he said, has been prayer. That, and the support of Native and non-Native people from around North America.
“I believe in God, and I pray for peace and forgiveness,” he said. “That has kept me calm. I wish I could broker a peace between my people and the KKK in Rapid City. I didn’t do anything to them. Let’s just respect each other, and leave each other alone. I’m hoping that white people in South Dakota will help put a stop to this, and I want to stand up for my people too. But we all need to do it in the right way, with peaceful demonstrations.”
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Regardless of whether the case goes to trial or not, Traversie wants to let the public know that his story is about truth, justice, and above all, reconciliation.
“We need to come together and take a common stance against evil,” he said, “because it does exist. But this experience has shown me there are so many good people in this world. It’s overwhelming.”
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