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When wasicu reporters try to write authentic Lakota news reports, the result is often poverty porn.
The holiday season is generally a hard one for many of us.
Contrary to what you may believe, commercial tobacco is not ceremonial.
The drama and sensationalism drummed up by major news sources continues to cloud the real issue of why there is a huge gathering of human beings in North Dakota.
What we’ve all witnessed in person, as well as on social media video shared from Standing Rock, can only be described as evil.
No matter what faith you are affiliated with, please remember your Lakota relatives in your prayer.
Taxpayers from several states, including South Dakota, are the financial sponsors for their police officers to join Morton County’s army.
Technology allowed many of us to witness the violence perpetrated against innocent human beings last month by the Morton County military.
Out of all the different cancers our people are afflicted with, American Indian women are the most likely to die from breast cancer.
I encourage you all to go visit the camps. Even if you stop in for a few hours, you won’t regret it.
Our children deserve to grow up in homes with adults who are sober and have clear minds.
During the annual celebration at Rosebud, there were lots of complaints about trash. People didn’t like seeing litter all over the fairgrounds.
The distortion of media reports is similar to the frenzied accounts about Indigenous people during the 19th century.
As Children of the Earth, it is our duty to speak out and stand up for our elements, especially our Mni Wiconi.
There would be no life without water. Water is essential in Lakota ceremony. Water is medicine.
Whether your actions are questionable or not, there are still neighbors and relatives who are quick to judge.
All week, I’ve felt the overwhelming sadness of the Lakota Oyate.
If the smoking chain is not broken now, our unborn generations will continue to die from disproportionately high disease rates.
The people in charge of a tribal program or a tribally chartered entity are often the ones who have mastered the behaviors characteristic of lateral oppression.
Being healthy doesn’t stop at our physical body. We also have to work at making sure our mind, emotions and spirit are healthy.
Change will happen when we elect or appoint candidates who have the experience, knowledge, and most importantly, the integrity to work in the best interest of the group they are elected to serve.
This is the time of the year when Lakota people are sacrificing themselves to pray for humanity, as well as Mother Earth and all the living beings of the universe.
Cancer patients are brave. Every single day they are challenged to find the ability to continue their treatment.
Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. In fact, there are many survivors on the Rosebud Reservation.
Things are very different now, but as Lakota people we have to honor what our ancestors sacrificed for us to be here.
The children who were sent away long ago, only to die in an unfamiliar place far away from their families, are coming home.
The Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship targets tribal citizens residing in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who have an interest in strengthening tribal governance.
In researching the United States Attorney’s website, I found there have been 11 sexual assault cases brought against men from the Rosebud Reservation since January 2016.
Our children deserve to grow up in a sober home with parents who are supportive and loving.
Exercising your right to vote means you are taking an active role in determining who is elected to represent you.
The time is now to rid our school district of board members who don’t care about tribal values or Lakota students.
Aske Win is one of our Lakota ancestors. Remember her in your prayers.
Rumors and gossip are behaviors unbecoming to Lakota people.
Students who live on the reservation need to learn about everyday issues that apply to them as tribal citizens, including their own tribal government.
Our people went to boarding school to be stripped of their culture, language and identity. In return, they would come home speaking, reading and writing English.
It was very arrogant of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission to assume that a new President is going to grant a permit for KXL to cross the Canadian border.
An educated Lakota can be on the same intelligence level as anyone else in this world.
People my age grew up watching more incidents of heavy drinking, drugging, child abuse and neglect, as well as extreme violence and devastating sex crimes happening on our homelands.
Learn to be grateful for your daily blessings, it’s better to be happy with what you have than to use all your energy complaining about what you don’t have.
Individuals and organizations came together to speak out against the construction of this project. They also deserve credit for seeing this through to the end.
Our Lakota children, as well as our unborn generations, are depending on us to stop the cycle of domestic violence.
There are many incidents of domestic violence happening not only on our reservations, but all across the world.
Domestic violence doesn’t always refer to a man abusing a woman. There are many women out there who are just as abusive, if not more, than a man.
Our newly elected members of tribal government will serve the people well by establishing a virtual school as an alternative to the failing educational systems.
Journalists often face the risk of retaliation when we sit down to write a story or opinion.
Many human beings do not understand the sacredness of Water.
If there ever was a place and time to hold good thoughts, it is at a ceremony.
Our children deserve to have people of integrity elected to the governing body of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Let’s not disappoint them.
Our children, teenagers and young people are the most valuable resource we have.
As the end of another academic school year comes to a close, I want to address the importance of education.
Vi Waln reports on efforts by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to fight the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.
Vi Waln on teachers who are affecting the well-being of Indian students: There is one teacher at a local middle school whose behavior was recently brought to my attention. He...
Vi Waln calls on tribes to take on a more aggressive stance in dealing with the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline: I am curious to know why our Tribal Governments are...
“All European tradition, Marxism included, has conspired to defy the natural order of all things. Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused, and this cannot go on...
This week most of the country is observing Columbus Day. Some of the states now call it Native American or Indigenous People’s Day. In any case, it is a day...
Our children look forward to a visit from the Easter Bunny. Many people have observed the Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday by abstaining from certain foods, behaviors or...
When you write newspaper articles or editorials which people from all over the world might read you have to remember how much responsibility you carry. Three years ago I had...
One thousand, four hundred and sixty days adds up to four years. Four years. It has been four years since I smoked a cigarette. I used to listen to people...
December is a difficult month for the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota people. Today I am grateful as we have been blessed with several mild days. This time of year in the Great Plains...
December 21 is a sacred day. It marks the first day of winter as well as the solstice. It is an appropriate time to address spirituality. Winter solstice is an...