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Denver American Horse: Water protectors are always in my prayers






The #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota. Photo by Indigenous Rising Media [Support the Indigenous Environmental Network]

Sacred Hoop Okh’olakichiye (Society)
By Denver American Horse
Lakota Country Times Columnist
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Hau Kh’olapi (Hello friends), toh niktuka pi hwo (how are you all)? Le Anpetu kin (Today is) Anpetu Th’okahe (Monday). Wanichokan Wi (The Mid-winter Moon, December.) Zaptan (5th), Kh’oktopawing’e Nunpa sam Ahke Shakpe (2016).

Maza-shkanshkan kin wana (The clock/time is now) Ahke Wanji :Ahke Zaptan hinhani lah’chi (11:15 a.m.). Th’ankal th’ate nahan chu-mah’piya (Outside, it is windy and cloudy). Th'ate kin Waziyata tanhan u welo (The Wind is coming from the North). H’tayetu kin han (In the evening), chan wahkaksin ktelo (i will chop some wood).

Hanhepi imuke shni han (Last night, before i went to bed); zintkala th’a woyute ognanke ki ojuwaye (I filled up the bird-feeder). Ogna (Perhaps), woyute th'wahpi kin iyuha kah’wog iyaye seche lo (all of their feed has blown away). Unkchekih’a ya (Some magpies), h’eyatanhan shna hib sah (have been coming from the pine-hills direction). Lila woimag’ag’a owanke pila (They are very amusing to watch).

Good news on Sunday (December 4th)! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have denied the pipeline access through the water area. Lila washte yelo (Very good). I do not have a television, but i do get the national news through my computer (Wounspe Omnaye).

The water protectors are always in my Wochekiye (Prayers). I must say “Hau” (Hello), to my nephew - Wiyushkin / Iyushkin American Horse. You done well. I understand he has been at the encampment, pretty much from the beginning. Iyushkin is the son of my younger brother (Misunkala) Dale.


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Late last month (November 30th), Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert MacDonald made his site visit to the VA Hospital campus at Hot Springs, South Dakota, and also addressed the gathering in the Mueller Center. He apparently remarked that he will announce his decision (to close or not to close) regarding the reconfiguration by January 20th, 2017. So we still do not know. His speech is reported to be on the Save The V.A. website.

In closing, i would like to leave you with a Lakh’ota word (Oie): Wah Hinhe = Snow fall or Snowing.

Oko ichinunpa ki (Next week), ahke wounglakin ktelo (we will talk again).

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