Monday, April 9, 2012
Crow Dog the Holy Man
Land is seen as what the Lakota refer to as Unci Maka or Grandmother Earth. Lakota have known they come from the earth rather than the earth is meant to master. In thinking about the idea of land ownership it reminds me of my traveling to a nearby town looking for some fencing. The lady helping me told me, I should know what I needed because I was a man. Of course my reply was, we didn’t need fences until your people came to our area. If you look at the land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation you can see how only a few benifitted from land ownership. People have interests that have been passed down because of a lack of understanding of American value of private property. Some people have been able to buy land from other tribal members but there is a lot of land that was taken out of trust and now Non-Indian people own that land. It is purely a difference between two cultures, one believes it can own the land and the other understands the land is where we come from and where we will return.
When the first settlers came to America they came searching for a new way of life. The old world was a place the few held the land in ownership. Share cropping was a way of life and people who did not own the land did not have the oppurtunity to advance. So when the oppurtunity came to come to America and risk their lives, they jumped at the oppurtunity because it was a chance for a new beginning. White slavery was how the United States started but it was called indentured servitude but in the end they were simply involved in human trafficking. Most of them worked for around six years and then were given the oppurtunity to own land as well. They were offered one hundred acres in the new world. This practice was only stopped as it became cheaper to own African slaves and this was a very lucritive business as ship loads were brought from the Africa.
When the Lakota fought for the hunting rights of their people it was not to own the land as much as it was to be allowed to live life. Indian suffrage came in the twentieth century and it was almost a quarter century before that took place. I suppose it is easier to say 1924 was the point of American Indian Citizenship. 1879 with the Standing Bear trial we as American Indians became human. Our rights as human being were violated because they did not consider us human. So we must question the intentions of the United States when they signed the 1868 treaty. Why would you have to make a treaty with an animal, or why would you consider keeping such a treaty? When you start to see what was done to the Lakota Nation you need realize we must fight for our existence.
Leonard Crow Dog the famous Holy Man from the Sicangu came to Wounded Knee and stopped in the Higher Ground Coffee House to have lunch. I had some Chicken Fried Rice and he told me it was very good. It was pretty awesome to hear the beautiful Lakota language spoken in public. I wanted to be clear with Crow Dog and he was speaking to me freely in English, and I told him, “You know I am a Christian right?” He said he knew and he was ok with it. He told me he spoke at the World Council of Churches. It was so nice to be able to share some ideas with the Wicasa Wankan or Holy Man. My views are we need to fight for the Great Sioux Nation and we have use the system to overcome the United States of America. I told Crow Dog out of respect it is him and others like him who need to pull us together and develop the United Tribes of Lakota. My good friend Russell Means has the right idea about his Republic of Lakota, he also told me we were the only people who did not ask for citizenship in 1924. They made us citizens but we should consider ourselves citizens of the Lakota.
So our lawyers and leaders need to work on behalf of the Lakota. Here is an idea, this country was founded on the rights of land ownership and the protection of that land. Freedom and Land are the highest values and we need to take our rightful place in the Great Sioux Nation, which is Land Lords. We need to get paid for the squaters on our land. Any question can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org