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  • When you think about the colonization of the world you must remember American colonization is not the only game in town. Lakota people have only known Euro-Americans for just over two hundred years and still suffer from the policies of the United States Government such as, "Kill the Indian and Save the Man". Pine Ridge Reservation is a beautiful place to live if you can stand the dire poverty. Poverty is like a cancer it does not kill you right away but eventually it will eat at you enough to cause death and destruction. Other than the concentration camp beginnings the Pine Ridge is full of beautiful landscapes and nice people. Pine Ridge boasts an 80% unemployment but most people seem to be ok with these numbers and do little to change them. Pine Ridge is home to 40,000 people and half the age is under 18.
    Pine Ridge is colonized in almost all aspects of culture. The hybrid Reservation Culture has many positives and negatives just like any other place in America. You could be colonized if you dress in Western Clothing. Everyone in Pine Ridge wears the cotton/poly blend of clothing. I have yet to see men go to work in a loin cloth and a woman wearing a buckskin dress to shop at the grocery store. Our bead work is colonized because we did not have beads. They are not original, but the quill work is native to our people. But the way the color them with dye is not original. You might be colonized if you are reading this in English! English is the World's language and people seek to learn it because it the language of commerce.
    If you are a man and you talk to your mother in-law, you might be colonized. If you wear hightop or basketball shoes to all events you might be colonized. If you eat cheese burgers with double cheese and top it off with bacon you just might be colonized. If your car is broke not mobile but your house is a mobile home, You just might be mobile. If you have not passed your high school requirments for graduation but are working deligently for your GED, you are colonized. If you keep time with your cell phone and not a sun dial, you are colonized. If you wear the boxer/breif under garments because you like the length and snugness, you might be colonized.
    Pine Ridge was meant for evil but Lakota have learned to adapt and the hope we hold on to is that there will be a better day. I am Leon Blunt Horn Matthews and I am the Rez Rambler and have written for a number of years and hope to bring our people to a better way of a Hybrid Lakota Way of Life. Hetetuwelo(That's the way it is)

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