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  • Writer's pictureDavid Carlson

Wednesday, July 3, 2024: All my relations, I honor you in this circle of life with me today.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024: All my relations, I honor you in this circle of life with me today.

Mitakuye Oyasin

– A Lakota Prayer –


Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin … All my relations, I honour you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.


To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.


To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.


To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.


To the human nation that shares my

paths a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.


To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.


You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other, and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.


Thank you for this Life.

Current state of the Lakota People:

The Lakota People made national news when NPR's "Lost Children, Shattered Families" investigative story aired regarding issues related to foster care for Native American children.[39] It exposed what many critics consider to be the "kidnapping" of Lakota children from their homes by the state of South Dakota's Department of Social Services (D.S.S.). It was noted by NPR that over half of the children in foster care in South Dakota were of Native descent. Lakota activists such as Madonna Thunder Hawk and Chase Iron Eyes, along with the Lakota People’s Law Project, have alleged that Lakota grandmothers are illegally denied the right to foster their own grandchildren. They are working to redirect federal funding away from the state of South Dakota's D.S.S. to new tribal foster care programs. This would be a historic shift away from the state's traditional control over Lakota foster children.


A short film, Lakota in America, was produced by Square. The film features Genevieve Iron Lightning, a young Lakota dancer on the Cheyenne River Reservation, one of the poorest communities in the United States. Unemployment, addiction, alcoholism, and suicide are all challenges for Lakota on the reservation.

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