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Sometimes, life on the Rez is difficult and not very easy. There is nothing to do and a lack of opportunities. There are drugs and binge drinking and social fightings that go on. But it's not all bad things because there is family here, there is a rich spirituality here.
On a deeper level, you can feel the sadness and remorsefulness of a hundred years of slain people, and the wraiths leak up through the very trees and plants themselves, and our people become lost. Most youth here cannot see beyond the moment, or think beyond the day.
At the AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Consortium) Student Congress 3rd Annual Film Festival this year, I took 2nd place. AIHEC was held in Bismarck, ND of all places (North Dakota is suprisingly more boring than South Dakota).
Sophia Kizilbash, Will White Eyes, Kevin Killer, Kim Killer and Valerie Collins were also in attendance.
Here is Wanagi directed by James La Pointe
In my travels across the internet, the vast expanse of
nothingness that it is, I stumbled upon something very interesting. The
Burt Reynolds, Cher, Kim Bassigner, Jessica Biel, Benjamin Bratt, Rita
Coolidge, Cameron Diaz, Shannon Elizabeth, Ava Gardner, Val Kilmer, Della
Reese, Maria Tallchief, Tina Turner, Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Tommy Lee
Jones, Heather Locklear, Chuck Norris, Demi Moore, Elvis Presley, Della Reese,
Quinten Tarrantino, Billy Bob Thornton, Carmen Electra, Buffy Sainte-Marie,
James Earl Jones, Wayne Newton, Mykelti Williamson…
November is Native American history month. Or, atleast it should be. There is a ton of history to be learned on Native Americans. There are well over 500 tribes, and several thousands of years of history. I feel that Native Americans deserve their own month, and it should be in November.
A lot of issues dealing with Native Americans have been and are still being overlooked by the general population. And it's because a lot of people haven't heard about what goes on with the Native American population, culture, history and struggles. Or maybe people have heard a little bit about Natives but don't really understand the background of what has happend to the people. For instance a lot of people don't know about how Lincoln, the same day he signed the emancipation proclamation to free the slaves, he also signed for 38 Dakota warriors to be hanged. All 38 were hanged at once in a massive hanging. Or that the united states has massacred Native American peoples in different parts of the country. My tribe being a victim of such a massacre, along with people who were around the Sand Creek area. The Sand Creek massacre was horrible because after the unarmed women, children, and men were killed, the women had their breasts and genitals cut off. It is a travesty that goes un-noticed.