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Vi Waln: Lakota people are still subject to poverty porn by media
Vi Waln: Lakota people are still subject to poverty porn by media (February 5, 2018)

When wasicu reporters try to write authentic Lakota news reports, the result is often poverty porn.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux community steps up to help those in need
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux community steps up to help those in need (January 24, 2017)

The holiday season is generally a hard one for many of us.


Vi Waln: Let's kick our smoking and tobacco habits in Indian Country
Vi Waln: Let's kick our smoking and tobacco habits in Indian Country (January 19, 2017)

Contrary to what you may believe, commercial tobacco is not ceremonial.


Vi Waln: Stay vigilant because the Dakota Access Pipeline battle isn't over
Vi Waln: Stay vigilant because the Dakota Access Pipeline battle isn't over (December 14, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: The #NoDAPL movement reminds them we are still here
Vi Waln: The #NoDAPL movement reminds them we are still here (December 7, 2016)

What we’ve all witnessed in person, as well as on social media video shared from Standing Rock, can only be described as evil.


Vi Waln: Sacred fire burns at Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota
Vi Waln: Sacred fire burns at Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota (December 1, 2016)

No matter what faith you are affiliated with, please remember your Lakota relatives in your prayer.


Vi Waln: Water protection walk urges forgiveness amid #NoDAPL crackdown
Vi Waln: Water protection walk urges forgiveness amid #NoDAPL crackdown (November 21, 2016)

Taxpayers from several states, including South Dakota, are the financial sponsors for their police officers to join Morton County’s army.


Vi Waln: Military forces commit violence against peaceful water protectors
Vi Waln: Military forces commit violence against peaceful water protectors (November 15, 2016)

Technology allowed many of us to witness the violence perpetrated against innocent human beings last month by the Morton County military.


Vi Waln: More awareness of breast cancer needed in Indian Country
Vi Waln: More awareness of breast cancer needed in Indian Country (November 4, 2016)

Out of all the different cancers our people are afflicted with, American Indian women are the most likely to die from breast cancer.


Vi Waln: Water protector camps overflow with spiritual energy
Vi Waln: Water protector camps overflow with spiritual energy (October 19, 2016)

I encourage you all to go visit the camps. Even if you stop in for a few hours, you won’t regret it.


Vi Waln: Prescription pills are destroying lives in Indian Country
Vi Waln: Prescription pills are destroying lives in Indian Country (October 4, 2016)

Our children deserve to grow up in homes with adults who are sober and have clear minds.


Vi Waln: Let's all do our part to keep our homelands free of trash
Vi Waln: Let's all do our part to keep our homelands free of trash (September 15, 2016)

During the annual celebration at Rosebud, there were lots of complaints about trash. People didn’t like seeing litter all over the fairgrounds.


Vi Waln: Media distorts peaceful nature of sacred #NoDAPL camp
Vi Waln: Media distorts peaceful nature of sacred #NoDAPL camp (August 30, 2016)

The distortion of media reports is similar to the frenzied accounts about Indigenous people during the 19th century.


Vi Waln: Our water system is being threatened by energy pipelines
Vi Waln: Our water system is being threatened by energy pipelines (August 22, 2016)

As Children of the Earth, it is our duty to speak out and stand up for our elements, especially our Mni Wiconi.


Vi Waln: Without water there can be no life for the Lakota people
Vi Waln: Without water there can be no life for the Lakota people (August 16, 2016)

There would be no life without water. Water is essential in Lakota ceremony. Water is medicine.


Vi Waln: Don't attack your fellow Lakota citizens for attending ceremonies
Vi Waln: Don't attack your fellow Lakota citizens for attending ceremonies (August 8, 2016)

Whether your actions are questionable or not, there are still neighbors and relatives who are quick to judge.


Vi Waln: Let's honor the memory of our lost children by being good to each other
Vi Waln: Let's honor the memory of our lost children by being good to each other (August 1, 2016)

All week, I’ve felt the overwhelming sadness of the Lakota Oyate.


Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettes
Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettes (July 27, 2016)

If the smoking chain is not broken now, our unborn generations will continue to die from disproportionately high disease rates.


Vi Waln: Lateral oppression is far too real for most tribal citizens
Vi Waln: Lateral oppression is far too real for most tribal citizens (July 20, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: Don't get drawn into the drama in your tribal community
Vi Waln: Don't get drawn into the drama in your tribal community (July 13, 2016)

Being healthy doesn’t stop at our physical body. We also have to work at making sure our mind, emotions and spirit are healthy.


Vi Waln: Don't let politics get in the way of our children's education
Vi Waln: Don't let politics get in the way of our children's education (June 30, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: Don't be afraid to come pray with your Lakota relatives
Vi Waln: Don't be afraid to come pray with your Lakota relatives (June 27, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux community joins together to end cancer
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux community joins together to end cancer (June 16, 2016)

Cancer patients are brave. Every single day they are challenged to find the ability to continue their treatment.


Vi Waln: Lakota people can beat cancer with regular screenings
Vi Waln: Lakota people can beat cancer with regular screenings (June 8, 2016)

Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. In fact, there are many survivors on the Rosebud Reservation.


Vi Waln: An education is the greatest weapon in today's society
Vi Waln: An education is the greatest weapon in today's society (June 1, 2016)

Things are very different now, but as Lakota people we have to honor what our ancestors sacrificed for us to be here.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux youth lead efforts to bring relatives home
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux youth lead efforts to bring relatives home (May 26, 2016)

The children who were sent away long ago, only to die in an unfamiliar place far away from their families, are coming home.


Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments
Vi Waln: Native Nation Rebuilders program helps strengthen tribal governments (May 9, 2016)

The Native Nation Rebuilders Fellowship targets tribal citizens residing in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota who have an interest in strengthening tribal governance.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases (May 3, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children
Vi Waln: Alcohol and drugs bring pain and suffering to our children (April 26, 2016)

Our children deserve to grow up in a sober home with parents who are supportive and loving.


Vi Waln: Voting in elections doesn't diminish your tribal citizenship
Vi Waln: Voting in elections doesn't diminish your tribal citizenship (April 18, 2016)

Exercising your right to vote means you are taking an active role in determining who is elected to represent you.


Vi Waln: We can make a difference for Indian education by voting
Vi Waln: We can make a difference for Indian education by voting (April 4, 2016)

The time is now to rid our school district of board members who don’t care about tribal values or Lakota students.


Vi Waln: Remembering women who contributed to Lakota society
Vi Waln: Remembering women who contributed to Lakota society (March 29, 2016)

Aske Win is one of our Lakota ancestors. Remember her in your prayers.


Vi Waln: Rumors swirl about drug testing on Rosebud Reservation
Vi Waln: Rumors swirl about drug testing on Rosebud Reservation (March 4, 2016)

Rumors and gossip are behaviors unbecoming to Lakota people.


Vi Waln: Educate our children about tribal government and history
Vi Waln: Educate our children about tribal government and history (March 1, 2016)

Students who live on the reservation need to learn about everyday issues that apply to them as tribal citizens, including their own tribal government.


Vi Waln: Help bring our young relatives home from Indian school
Vi Waln: Help bring our young relatives home from Indian school (February 15, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: Arrogance keeps Keystone XL plans alive in South Dakota
Vi Waln: Arrogance keeps Keystone XL plans alive in South Dakota (February 9, 2016)

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.


Vi Waln: The only way to get ahead in life is through education
Vi Waln: The only way to get ahead in life is through education (January 14, 2016)

An educated Lakota can be on the same intelligence level as anyone else in this world.


Vi Waln: Bullying remains a big problem in tribal communities
Vi Waln: Bullying remains a big problem in tribal communities (December 22, 2015)

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.


Vi Waln: Many Lakota people are thankful every day of their lives
Vi Waln: Many Lakota people are thankful every day of their lives (December 3, 2015)

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.


Vi Waln: Thank tribal activists for defeating Keystone XL permit
Vi Waln: Thank tribal activists for defeating Keystone XL permit (November 19, 2015)

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.


Vi Waln: Stopping the cycle of violence in our communities
Vi Waln: Stopping the cycle of violence in our communities (November 5, 2015)

Our Lakota children, as well as our unborn generations, are depending on us to stop the cycle of domestic violence.


Vi Waln: We all bear responsibility to discuss domestic violence
Vi Waln: We all bear responsibility to discuss domestic violence (October 20, 2015)

There are many incidents of domestic violence happening not only on our reservations, but all across the world.


Vi Waln: Domestic violence comes in many forms on reservation
Vi Waln: Domestic violence comes in many forms on reservation (October 5, 2015)

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.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe needs to establish 'virtual' school
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe needs to establish 'virtual' school (September 2, 2015)

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.


Vi Waln: Lakota woman mistakenly arrested during Sundance
Vi Waln: Lakota woman mistakenly arrested during Sundance (August 19, 2015)

Journalists often face the risk of retaliation when we sit down to write a story or opinion.


Vi Waln: Water remains an essential component of Lakota life
Vi Waln: Water remains an essential component of Lakota life (August 12, 2015)

Many human beings do not understand the sacredness of Water.


Vi Waln: Clear your minds before coming to sacred ceremonies
Vi Waln: Clear your minds before coming to sacred ceremonies (August 4, 2015)

If there ever was a place and time to hold good thoughts, it is at a ceremony.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe deserves leaders with integrity
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe deserves leaders with integrity (July 23, 2015)

Our children deserve to have people of integrity elected to the governing body of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Let’s not disappoint them.


Vi Waln: Native youth gain experience on trip to Washington
Vi Waln: Native youth gain experience on trip to Washington (July 17, 2015)

Our children, teenagers and young people are the most valuable resource we have.


Vi Waln: Vote in school board election to help Lakota children
Vi Waln: Vote in school board election to help Lakota children (May 14, 2015)

As the end of another academic school year comes to a close, I want to address the importance of education.


Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe sets up camp to protest Keystone XL
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe sets up camp to protest Keystone XL (March 31, 2014)

Vi Waln reports on efforts by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota to fight the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.


Vi Waln: Teachers put Indian students' mental health at risk
Vi Waln: Teachers put Indian students' mental health at risk (May 13, 2013)

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: Tribes must take aggressive stance on Keystone XL
Vi Waln: Tribes must take aggressive stance on Keystone XL (May 1, 2013)

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...


Vi Waln: Lakota Oyate lose a special warrior in Russell Means
Vi Waln: Lakota Oyate lose a special warrior in Russell Means (October 29, 2012)

“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...


Vi Waln: Thoughts on Columbus Day and misuse of   ceremonies
Vi Waln: Thoughts on Columbus Day and misuse of ceremonies (October 8, 2012)

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...


Vi Waln: Lakota children make a sacrifice with hunger strike
Vi Waln: Lakota children make a sacrifice with hunger strike (April 5, 2012)

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...


Vi Waln: Truth, integrity and Lakota spirit is paper's  mission
Vi Waln: Truth, integrity and Lakota spirit is paper's mission (February 10, 2012)

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...


Vi Waln: Four years of fresh air -- life after going smoke-free
Vi Waln: Four years of fresh air -- life after going smoke-free (January 6, 2012)

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...


Vi Waln: A month of some dark anniversaries for Sioux people
Vi Waln: A month of some dark anniversaries for Sioux people (December 23, 2011)

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...


Vi Waln: Winter solstice is  a sacred event for Lakota people
Vi Waln: Winter solstice is a sacred event for Lakota people (December 16, 2011)

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...