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  • I say “thank you” to all of you reading or listening to this, and I shake your hand with a good heart. In this photograph is a house in the area of the community known as Calico, here on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I lived in this little home for about three years, and was extremely happy there. It was very small, but it was a good size for me. During the summers I had a big garden, and planted many good things in it. During the winter, it seems like as was always chopping wood for heat. That house had thin walls and no insulation, so during winter nights I really went through a lot of wood. I had a little cast-iron wood stove that I used for heat. Because the house was small, it was easy to keep heated.

    When I moved from that house, I was very sad. Nowadays, I live in town, and have regular electric heat. But I still garden, and my wife is very knowledgeable about gardening, so that is good. But I often think back on that little house, and when I do, it really makes me glad inside. That is all I have to say…thank you.

    (Above text is the English version of my recorded audio, which is in Lakota.)
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