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  • I was told a story about a grandfather of mine when I was younger. Apparently he was in World War II and he was serving in the Europe. He was called chief just like many Indian Soldiers because of ignorance. Lakota do not traditionally have chiefs and it is more of an Eastern tribal tradition. Lakota have leaders and they are known for their humility and wanting to lead by example. It is said that if the people lose their confidence in a leader the people would just go another way. It was not like a king where the royal would demand his followers to give of themselves. The leader was a provider and protector of the Oyate(people). Back to my grandfather, he was serving against the Germans and apparently there was a sniper who was killing many Americans. Everytime the sent someone out to kill the snyper, the soldiers they sent would not return. So finally they asked my grandfather to go and take care of the snyper. A little while later the Oglala Warrior would return with a scalp in hand, it was a long blond scalp because it was a woman who was killing so many soldiers. The scalp hung in my family's home for many years and it was a symbol of bravery and honor. War is never good because of the lives it takes, but my Grandfather was a great warrior and never really talked too much.
    I know of other stories too, like when they would send the Indians to take the point because they thought the Indians had a six sense. I know of two Oglala Warriors who took the point in the jungles of Vietnam and did it with bravery. These men came home to share little bits of the service in Southeast Asia. I know of one young man who graduated college and chose to join the Armed Services to fight for the United States in Afganistan and came home with a greater worldview. He chose to join and did it with bravery. I know Pine Ridge had the most men fight in the Gulf War per capita and it shows how Oglalas are ready defend the United States of America.
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