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Native Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny - Book 1

After 12 years working with the Lakota (Sioux) people, I shared their concern about a book about natives written by a non-native.  This historical novel, first in a trilogy, is amazingly well researched and well written. It accurately portrays the culture of the Lakota people and provides vivid descriptions of life, hardships, and dreams of those who chose to move west on wagon trains crossing the US.  It also portrays the immigrants who came here lured by the dream of a new life, and the conflicts that occurred as a result of different cultures and different lifestyles.   It also vividly describes those who viewed Natives as a group to be dominated and annihilated if necessary to meet a political goal or to pursue personal riches - something that continued long after the time of Manifest Destiny.

The characters are fully developed in this first book and we eagerly await to see them again in the next two books. It is to be hoped  that books like this will promote understanding of both the history and the present day life of the Lakota and other Native American tribes.
 
The books is available at Amazon and Good Reads.
 
Jeri Baker, Director, One Spirit

When will they ever learn

 

It is difficult to even decide where to begin in writing a comment about the recent racist slur uttered by President Donald Trump at a ceremony that was supposed to honor three surviving Navajo veterans of World War II.
 
These heroes, like members of other tribes including the Lakota, served as communications aides for American forces in the war, as had Cherokee and Choctaw tribesmen in World War I. Despite discrimination and racism, Native Americans have always served with distinction in the military, honoring their country and their elders.
 

Photo credit: screengrab from CNN video

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Thanksgiving is a warm blanket


Loading the truck

As we all look forward to the Thanksgiving celebration and its indulgent pleasures, it is important to remember that many of our fellow American citizens face a far bleaker prospect. Nowhere could this be more true than on the frigid, wind-swept prairie of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
 
This writer was raised nearby on the plains of Wyoming, and can recall the frigid gusts that cut through clothing and chill to the very marrow of one's bones. In my case, I could rush out of the gales into a warm, well-heated and insulated house where warm food awaited. For many of the Lakota on Pine Ridge, the story is far more grim.

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In Memory of Dennis Banks

 

Dennis Banks died on October 29th due to problems after a heart surgery. He was 80 years old. After Russel Means he is another legend of AIM who left this world. Like actor Adam Beach, Dennis Banks came from the tribe of the Ojibwa.
Dennis Banks in StuttgarrtPhoto credit by Monika Fitzner

As a child, like many others, Banks was separated from his family and sent away to boarding schools. He managed to escape several times to come home to his mother, but was brought back again each time.

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Thanksgiving Celebration with One Spirit

 

It is now the fourth time that the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Eastern Germany (which is dedicated to author Karl May who lived in the 19th century and became famous by writing novels about Native Americans and created a big interest for Native American issues in Germany, lasting until today) celebrated Thanksgiving together with the visitors in the beautiful garden of the museum. For the first time, One Spirit Germany joined in. In Germany Thanksgiving is not a national holiday as it is in the US and we also do not have a
certain date to celebrate Thanksgiving. Normally, a Thanksgiving celebration within a community or city takes place on a Sunday either in September or early October.

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Trilogy Dedicated to One Spirit for Lakota Youth

 

Author Mike Sparrow has generously dedicated the proceeds of the first book of his upcoming trilogy to One Spirit for the Lakota Youth. The Manifest Destiny series goes beyond the single events of Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee shining a broader light on the many elements of that era that still impact the Lakota today.

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