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  • My Great Grandma was born by Fort Robinson and they were living in a tent village there. She was a beautiful woman in the 1800's (My mother was born in 1916). The soldiers would just come and take her to the Fort and have their way with her anytime they wanted, for years - my mom the abuse went on for seven years. By the time Great Grandpa married her (they think Blue Horse was her husband), she had had seven children, all from different soldiers, out of rape. After they got married, they moved down by Scenic, South Dakota and my Great Grandpa wouldn't let her go back to the tent village ever. He protected her. We always wondered about that. She was named "Half a Woman". My mom thought it was because the soldiers would give her half a dollar for "her services", though it was never consensual. Then her name got changed to "Half Dollar Woman". That is what the Indians called her.

    After that, her and Grandpa had 8 more kids. She must have been a tough woman - that's 14 kids. But she lost one.

    Anyway, I got related to all the Pine Ridge Rez now. Hahaha. Later on in my life, when I moved to Pine Ridge I ended up meeting all my cousins [from that family] and I went and told them the story. It was hard for them to hear, but I figure we should know our family history. We are still trying to figure out the story, all the pieces.
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