National Geographic has a piece on the Sioux in the August 2012 issue. Link to the internet version here.
Indiana is home to the low-THC hemp plants, as many were planted here for the same reasons–rope and other uses during WWII. They’ve spent millions $$ to eradicate the plant…yeah, because that makes sooo much more sense than cultivating it and making food, clothing, and other useful stuff…so does flying in FBI, DEA agents in expensive helicopters on Reservations…/snark.
If I recall correctly, Black Elk had stated that the people massacred at Wounded Knee were unarmed. Unarmed women, children, and men were shot. And the estimate I have read is 300 people.
From the article:
“Everything in the U.S. is designed around money,” he had said to me. “So how do we live in that mode—with the white man’s houses, the white man’s pickup, the white man’s currency—and still keep our traditional Lakota culture?” (Alex White Plume)
—Boy, THAT is the million dollar question.
And perhaps the answer came with Olowan Thunder Hawk Martinez:
When we honor our customs, and when we perform ceremonies, and when we listen to our ancestors, then we have everything we need to heal ourselves within ourselves.”
For those of you new to the blog–a really good movie that captures what happened on the reservations in the 70s is Thunderheart–a story of an FBI agent that is called to the reservation after a murder….the plot has a neat twist to it, but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it.