Topic: Culture

What the Lakota Nation Invitational Means for Native American Youth

The year is 1973. On Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre, members of the American Indian Movement are engaged in an extended protest and stand-off with m...

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Creating Space to Tell Stories: The Lakota Dream Museum

“I knew growing up that at some point I was supposed to be the things I learned in the stories: compassionate, honorable, and brave, and so forth. I knew this because the storytellers lived the lesson...

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Celebrating the Power of Native Women and Native Mothers

The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman One summer a long time ago, the seven sacred council fires of the Lakota Sioux came together and camped. The sun was strong, and the people were starving, for the...

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Keeping Culture Alive

Culture equals identity. When a culture disappears, so does its people.  Many of us fail to realize what that would mean for us, for our families. Think of the family recipes, the customary songs and ...

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Native America: The Untold Story, Part 1

America’s untold story of the Native American culture is vast. It begins long before Columbus discovered a “new land.” In fact, it is believed that some 10-15 million, some believe up to 60 million, N...

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The Tradition of the Powwow

The Native American culture is a living, breathing entity. It is a tapestry of tradition and values passed on from generation to generation. One tradition that exemplifies the love of family and commu...

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Tiyospaye: The Heritage of Lakota Family

The heritage of Native Americans is rich in community and family bonds. In the Lakota culture, the word tiyospaye encompasses the conviction that family is not only made up of immediate blood relative...

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The Cangleska Wakan, Sacred Hoop, was the first Medicine Wheel

Our beliefs represent the core of whom we are. They convict us, guide us, and enrich us. The Lakóta, Dakóta, and Nakóta people are rooted in a heritage of values and beliefs passed on from their ances...

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Preserving Cultural Identity

The vast plains of South Dakota are home to a total of nine reservations and designated tribal land areas—more than any other state. It’s estimated that the combined population of these reservations i...

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