2017-10-11 / Little Notes

Riding in the parade and dancing at the pow wow on Native American Day

Little Notes

Once again the Black Hills Powwow and the Native American Day Parade succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Each year the array of floats in the Parade and the huge crowds at the Powwow make it loud and clear that the Native American community is alive and well in Rapid City and in South Dakota.

Once again we tip our hats to Bruce Long Fox for the great parade and Steve Yellow Hawk for a wonderful powwow. Native Sun News Today was proud to be one of the sponsors for the Parade.

With Halloween just around the corner a friend of ours told us this Halloween story. A little Lakota boy decided to dress up as a pirate to go tricks or treating. The first house he came to he rang the doorbell and a middle-aged woman answered. She said, “Oh my, look at the little pirate. Where are your buccaneers?” Quick as a flash the boy replied, “Under my bucking hat.” You know you’re a plugger if you can remember when there were signs hanging in a restaurant that said, “Microwave in use.”

Our longtime delivery drive Arnie Neyhart is on the verge of retiring and he and Yolanda Thompson, our Circulation Manager, are training Kelly Standing Elk to handle the delivery routes. Kelly had a rough start because that is the week the paper was one day late in getting delivered and he showed up at 5 a.m. to meet Arnie only to be told they wouldn’t be delivering that day. However he was back waiting outside of the office very next day before sunrise so that is when we knew he really wanted to work.

Check this out: There are several hundred Native American veterans buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Here are the names of the streets that crisscross the cemetery: Custer Street, Terry Street, Sheridan Street, and Reno Street, all officers that served in the U. S. Cavalry during the Indian wars. Each was famous for killing Native Americans. The only street NOT named after a cavalry officer is Comanche Street, and it is named after the one horse that survived the Battle of Greasy Grass (Custer Battlefield) and not the Comanche Tribe. There is something seriously wrong with this picture. Why are there no Red Cloud, Crazy Horse or Sitting Bull Streets in this cemetery where so many Indians war heroes are buried? We need to start writing to the Veteran’s Affairs Office and get an answer.

Eric Yellow Boy is diabetic as are too many Native Americans. The other day he got into a big hurry and rushed to work without having breakfast. He rode his bicycle to work that day which put further strain on him and shortly after arriving his blood sugar fell so low that we thought we would have to rush him to the hospital, but ever thoughtful Kirk Dickerson rushed out and got him a sandwich to eat and that brought his blood sugar up. With a couple of diabetics working at the Native Sun News Today office we thought it was a good idea to keep a bottle of orange juice in the refrigerator.

Did any of you get a chance to stop at the NSNT booth at the powwow? Aside from Kirk, Ryan Charging Cloud and Eric Yellow Boy manning our colorful van and tossing candy to the eager youngsters, and also manning our booth, Ardis McRae decided to lend a hand and she took charge of the booth while the boys were busy doing other things.

Thank goodness the weather held up good for the parade and the powwow. Hundreds of Lakota, Dakota and Nakota showed up to dance, dine and just have fun. Doksa Ake!

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