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  • Young Man Afraid of His Horses had a dream for his people. He thought if he and his father, Man Afraid of His Horses, could negotiate a homeland for the Lakota, they could stop the killing, stop the fighting with the whites with greater numbers and fire power - keep them from extinction. Treaties were signed and the Lakota honored them.

    He negotiated a large area containing the Black Hills, part of Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, South and North Dakota and part of Minnesota. Lots of space, lots of buffalo. The US Government established the reservation system that actually enslaved them as prisoners of war. This was not Young Man's intention but he was dealing with liars and cheats and greedy white men, wasichu, the takers of the best pieces of meat.

    The Government took their land away as well as their ability to feed themselves and their families. The government allotted land to the Lakota in broken up bits and pieces and sold the largest tracts of grazing land to white ranchers. Treaties were broken and the Lakota suffered. He tried.

    Why is Young Man not honored? Why is all he did forgotten? Our foundation is trying to teach others about his honor, his devotion, his attempt to give his family, his tribe, his people a homeland. He was someone to learn from, to look up to, to emulate. We want him remembered and his self-less passion and commitment honored.

    photo courtesy of the Nebraska Historical Society
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