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Sacred Hoop Okh’olakichiye (Society).

BY DENVER AMERICAN HORSE
OGLALA LAKOTA

Hau Kh’ola (Hello friend), toh niktuka hwo (how are you)? Matanyan yelo

(I am well / fine).

Lechala ph’ehin wagluksa chanke, najute kin lila okasninyan mahe (I recently cut my hair, as a result, i can feel the cold air around the back of my neck). Ph’ehin michashla hehan (When he cut my hair); “Takuwe ph’ehin yagluksa hwo?”, e ye (“Why are you cutting your hair?”, he said). “Chin hakata waye kin Makh’a Wichoni ekignake lo”, e ph’e (“Because my older sister had died”, i said). Hakata waye kin wagluonihan yelo (I honor my older sister). Tiwahe wayakiph’a pi kin; ninshinyan uniksuya pi yelo (The families who are mourning; we remember you also).

Le Anpetu kin (Today is), Anpetu Nunpa (Tuesday), hinhani lah’chi (early in the morning). Waniyetu Wi (Moon of Starting Winter - November) Wikchemna Nunpa ake Wanji h’chi (21st), Kh’oktopawing’e Nunpa sam Ake Shakowin (2,017). Anpetu Shakowin hehan (On Sunday), Inkpata Oth’unwahe ekta unkipi (we went to Whiteclay town) chin Mazopiye lechala kin wanunyanka unchin pi (because we wanted to see the new store) - tuma lila oh’ankh’o ya; wanuni yelo (inside, really quick; i got lost), eyaish (but), Mazopiye kin ata cho welo (the store is wonderful all the way). Ayotansh chin (Especially because), woph’eth’unpi wah’paye yakaiju kte shni yelo (you will not pay sales tax). E-wanyang ya yo (Go see it), ninshinyan o-ichihan nayajin kte lo (you will stand in-line also).

United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples - resolution adopted by the General Assembly 13 September 2007.

Article 15.

1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories, and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information.

2. States shall take effective measures, in consultation and cooperation with the indigenous peoples concerned, to combat prejudice and eliminate discrimination and to promote tolerance, understanding and good relations among indigenous peoples and all other segments of society.

Article 16.

1. Indigenous peoples have the right to establish their own media in their own languages and to have access to all forms of non-indigenous media without discrimination.

2. States shall take effective measures to ensure that State-owned media duly reflect indigenous cultural diversity. States, without prejudice to ensuring full freedom of expression, should encourage privately owned media to adequately reflect indigenous cultural diversity.

In closing, i would like to leave you with a Lakh’ota sentence (Oeye): Hanpa mith’awa kin tokah’an hwo?, (Male would say) = Where are my shoes? Hanpa mith’awa kin tokah’an he?, (Female would say) = Where are my shoes?

Oko ichinunpa kin (Next week), ake wo-unglakin kte lo (we will talk again).

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