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A snowy Native American Day

Little Notes Wowapi Cikala


The Native American Day Parade in Rapid City was held on Saturday, October 6 and luckily that was a good day to have it because the snow started to come down real heavy on October 8, the actual Native American Day.

The parade was great with plenty of Lakota teens and children laughing, dancing and singing. What a glorious sight. Once again, without fanfare, Bruce Long Fox, Whitney Rencountre, and Bobbie Jean Jarvine organized and saw the parade through from beginning to end. A lot of credit must go to Bruce Long Fox for quietly working diligently to make sure the parade is a success.

On October 8, 1990, 28 years ago, Gov. George Mickelson and Tim Giago met up at the Crazy Horse Memorial and celebrated the very first Native American Day ever held in South Dakota. It was a bright and beautiful day. We decided to publish a letter written to Tim by Gov. George Mickelson on December 19, 1989, one month before he proclaimed 1990 as a Year of Reconciliation in accepting Giago’s challenge, and a month before the South Dakota State Legislators changed Columbus Day to Native American Day. Please read the letter from the Governor to Tim on the Opinion Pages.

Dianne Amiotte Seidel decided to accept a job with Thunder Valley and will be starting with them next week. She was a great asset to Native Sun News Today and we will miss her. Like most small businesses we could not afford to issue health insurance to our employees and this is a minus for all small businesses. We are fortunate in that most of our employees are Lakota and can get free medical service at the Sioux San.

We have been following the ups and downs of the Sioux San for many, many years and the past year has been a particularly hard one to cover because of the secrecy surrounding so many of the management decisions now taking place. However, we are doing are best to cover it so please see our story on the Sioux San in this issue. We saw a picture of the daughter of Joe Swift Bird getting married and we realized how time flies. We remember when Joe was a teenager working at his first ever job with the original Lakota Times in the graphic art department. Where did all of that time go? Joe’s father, Pete Swift Bird Sr., used to write columns for the Lakota Times back then and his brother Pete Jr., also worked at the newspaper.

Doreen Has No Horse, the daughter of the medicine man Dawson Has No Horse, also worked at the Lakota Times way back then. We trained and employed Thom Little Moon and Marty Two Bulls. Marty got his first newspaper job with the original Lakota Times and trained under Tim.

Toksa ake’.

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