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Lakota Country by Leon Matthews

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  • I like to say Porcupine is God's Country, but I am usually careful because when you say it is God's country Euro-Americans seem to think they can steal it. So of course you have to be careful or it will be stolen. Lakota would steal horses from their enemy and sometimes even their women. But these people were treated well and could leave and go back to their own people. War was often done with a coup stick and it was thought if you could strike your enemy with the touch of a stick you were brave. I know life was not perfect because we are all human. But I took a picture of Porcupine from the Kyle hill on the Pine Ridge and thought I would make a panaromic view. People are often wondering how long the Reservation will last but I believe we will last as long as we protect our borders and the land sale. We have one of the greatest resources and it is land. Many people have demanded a land audit for years to no avail. People are robbing the Oglala Lakota/Sioux tribal people through land acquisition. Lots of land has been illegal taken as well as the Black Hills. I find it difficult because Indians are blamed for stealing and the white people have stolen much more in the past two hundred years. I know people believe I am racist but I am not. My closest friends are white and I believe there are good and bad in all races, I hope to choose to be a good human being.
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