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  • Lakota Culture is one of the most beautiful aspects of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. After hundreds of years of fighting to preserve their culture the Lakota people have succeeded in keeping their identity. The spirituality of the Lakota is known worldwide and is practiced by people of many different ethnicities and backgrounds.
    Today the Lakota people are as rich in culture as they were hundreds of years ago. Although it has been a long and rough road with many battles fought along the way, the Lakota still have their identity intact. Since the beginning of relations between the U.S. Government and the Lakota the U.S. has tried to rid the Lakota of its’ identity and culture. This the U.S. has labeled the process of assimilation. The Lakota have fought back every step and made many difficult sacrifices to preserve their culture. The U.S. Government has made laws and policies meant to keep the Lakota from speaking their own language and practicing their spirituality. After everything that has taken place throughout history the Lakota of today are still proud of their heritage and culture.
    The Lakota don’t have a religion as the rest of the world but has spirituality. Many cultures and nations of people from around the world come to Pine Ridge for spiritual guidance. Other Tribes in the U.S. and Canada travel hundreds of miles from home to participate in ceremonies performed by the Lakota. The Lakota has become a leader in spirituality of all nations here in the US and Canada. No matter where you go you will find other tribal nations singing and speaking in the Lakota dialect. Lakota spirituality can be included as one of the most powerful in the world. Lakota spiritual leaders are invited to countries by the leaders of other nations to share their spirituality and culture. The Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934 was passed to shift the US policy against Indians away from forced assimilation. Before this bill was passed the US forbade the Lakota and every Indian Nation from practicing their spirituality because of the powerful affect it had on Indian Policy. So maybe in the future the US should use Lakota spirituality to close the wounds of the painful history of these two nations since it is known for uniting other nations.
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