I live here, on a Native American reservation, because of the millions of our ancestors that have come before us.
Hi John, you said you had a question for me?
Yes......Grandpa, why do you live here?
Good question.... It is a legal area of land that is managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, rather than the government of where that land is located. Reservations help us maintain our heritage and our way of life despite what is going on around the reservation.
I am part of the Lakota tribe, and in 1889 we were given a reservation.
What is a reservation Grandpa?
Ok thats makes sense!
While we still are a tribe proud of our heritage, as white settlers expanded west into Oklahoma and Kansas territories, they slowly pushed the native nomadic tribes out of the way and claimed the Native´s land as their own.
The Lakota Sioux were once a proud tribe that roamed the Great Plains.
That´s really sad..... I´d like to learn more though.
What happened Grandpa?
That was a battle between the arrogant george Custer and the Lakota tribe.
I´d be happy to tell you more. What if I told the story of The Battle of Greasy Grass?
Sure, but what is that battle?
Once upon a time.....
Cheif Sitting Bull, one of my scouts came back from patrol and reported cavalry movement in the Valley.
They have violated the Treaty of Fort Laramie. We will attack at first light.
It was. Our ancestors defended themselves gallantly and helped preserve our way of life, and for that I am eternally grateful.
And so, they battled and battled with the help of the Cheyenne until not one of Custer´s men was left standing.
Wow, thats an incredible display of hope and pride.