I saw the sunrise on a summer day with a prairie dotted with 200 buffalo to the north of the ranch. At the beginning of summer I rode with close to 200 riders for Crazy Horse - the Greatest war chief of all. I saw also a beautiful Grand Opening of our One Spirit BuffaIo House. It was a beautiful Saturday morning, I looked out the back door as the coffee maker started to gurgle around. The scenes in an old western movie are a real deal picture out here - no one will really ever know unless they spent some time out here. My grandson is so happy to see me every evening when I walk in the door at the ranch. No matter how busy or stressful a day gets I always have these sites that complete each day as if heaven was at my house. I am thankful for the life the great spirit has put before me.
The Youth of Allen Give Back
We have previously shared the moving story of Allen's beginning high school students and their demonstration of wacantognaka (generosity) as they pitched in to clean and refurbish the town playground for those younger than them. Among the Oglala Lakota, wacantognaka is one of the four core values of their traditional culture. And it seems to be contagious.
One of the greatest values to the Oglala Lakota is wacantognaka (generosity).
The concept includes more than simply sharing with others. It includes as well showing kindness, compassion and sympathy towards other people and towards all of nature without a price tag, i.e. without the expectation of reward. The simple act of providing wacantognaka is its own reward, making the individual better and happier in life.
On Friday July 13, at the Allen Youth Center, a structure he caused to be built, John DuBray was honored by his community for daring to dream of a place for the youth of Allen and then making that dream come true.