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  • I am a full-blooded Oglala Lakota Sioux. I am enrolled in the tribe. I was born September 27, 1988. I stayed with my Grandmother but I do not understand my culture, my language. Me personally I love this reservation. The reservation has called me but I don’t know for what. I found my place in life, I found my family. Big prairies, big families, and big liquor sales. I sobered up everytime I landed in jail. I was drinking everyday it was terrible, now I found Robin & Collins’ AA/NA meetings. It is awesome. I am a high school drop-out, I spent more than 20,000 on drugs and alcohol, I bought major weight of marijuana, smoked, sold & had social parties. Today, I feel like I could take on the world, my self-consciousness [confidence] is sky-high, I feel much better talking with Robin & Collins, I get support from their group meetings. My party lifestyles, calling my cousins, matching joint for joint, case for case. I was an active gang member, fighting, jumping, beating our enemies. Our enemies was our own blood & family. I ran from the cops in cars or feet, but when we got caught- we paid for it. The people [of Pine Ridge] are beautiful, the boys are excellent b-bal playes, basketball, skateboarders, & pow-wow dancers. Our tribe is one of eight, our ways are scred, and our tribe is put on point & it’s getting bad media coverage. Alcohol is illegal, the jail is our home away from home, I stay with my Aunty in Eastridge, my birthday is a a negative month, now I can’t wait to get released & express the new me!! I been here 20 months, met family, friends, & girlfriends here. Above all this reservation is my home, my life, & my ways

    one of seven stories from the Pine Ridge Adult Offenders Jail writing therapy program
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