South Dakota, USA - can tribes move forward by going back?

Here are a few snippets from the Lakota Country Times (paid subscription required).

They give several examples of Tribal leaders encouraging a return to disrupted cultural ways to deal with current social problems.

March 5, 2009
The Oglala Oyate [people/nation] gathered in Manderson for the latest in a series of Teton Oglala Ospaye Omniciye, being sponsored by the Oglala Delegation of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council.

Eyapaha Alex White Plume emphasized the need for the Oyate to come together in solidarity. "The purpose of these meetings," he proclaimed, "is to continue the process of decolonizing our thinking, the way we live today, the way we treat each other. We need to stop thinking in terms of districts and reservations and begin to think and behave in terms of Tiospaye [communities based on extended family] and "Bands."

May 13, 2009
We as a group want to promote a balanced and healthy way of life; this will be accomplished by turning to our Lakota traditions and having respect for one another. This year the men ask the women to carry the prayer flags because women are significant in the Lakota tradition they are revered as strong hearted with reasoning voices that kinder [sic] understanding. The four women gladly stepped up to this honor to represent all that this group stands for and to reinforce their roles in leadership.

May 27, 2009
Long ago "grandparents would take the oldest grandchild with the intent to teach the child about being a Lakota. That child would then be able to mentor his or her siblings," said Russell Eagle Bear. "Now the trend among our people is to just dump all the kids on their grandparents' place and take off."

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Comment by Alice C. Linsley on August 16, 2009 at 9:20pm
Compared to the flat view of reality that White Man perpetuates, Oglala traditional wisdom is refreshing and in many ways a more accurate portrayal of reality. It at least permits the existence of "things seen and unseen."

Great post!


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