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Re intro to Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist

Re intro to Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist

May 4, 2021

Re intro to Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist  

This is the interview that Sandy had with Billy Mills at the beginning of the pandemic.  Not much has changed in the past year.  Always inspiring to reflect on the success that a kid from Pine Ridge Reservation went on to become an Olympic Gold Medalist.  He is still the only American to win the 10,000 meter race.

Why Sandy Swallow Republishes Her Introduction

Why Sandy Swallow Republishes Her Introduction

April 27, 2021

Why Sandy Swallow Republishes Her Introduction

 

Sandy updates the progress of her Lakota Link podcast.  The introduction will tell why she went on this journey.  She has picked some of the top podcasts to republish with her updates.

Basil Brave Heart Part II

Basil Brave Heart Part II

April 20, 2021

Basil Brave Heart Noted Lakota Elder

 

In this Part II Basil expounds upon his experience of being born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Basil shares some of his life’s history and how important his grandparents were in his upbringing.  Basil is very well respected in the Lakota community.  He gives insight to the Lakota value of forgiveness and how it has a healing quality. 

 

Basil Brave Heart Renowned Lakota Elder

Basil Brave Heart Renowned Lakota Elder

April 13, 2021

Basil Brave Heart Renowned Lakota Elder

Born and raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Basil shares some of his life’s history and how important his grandparents were in his upbringing.  Basil is very well respected in the Lakota community.  He gives insight to the Lakota value of forgiveness and how it has a healing quality. 

 

Walter Littlemoon, Wounded Knee Takeover 1973

Walter Littlemoon, Wounded Knee Takeover 1973

April 6, 2021

Walter Littlemoon, Wounded Knee Takeover 1973

Part II of the Wounded Knee takeover in 1973.  Walter Littlemoon is an enrolled Oglala Lakota tribal member.  He grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  As an author he is eloquent in explaining his experiences of the takeover.  A different perspective of the impact and how it affected the people that lived in the Wounded Knee village. 

 

Walter Littlemoon   Wounded Knee Takeover  1973

Walter Littlemoon Wounded Knee Takeover 1973

March 30, 2021

Walter Littlemoon   Wounded Knee Takeover 1973

Walter lived and came from the village of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  He is an enrolled Oglala Lakota.  In this podcast he shares how the Wounded Knee takeover in 1973 impacted his family and him.  The occupation changed the village in ways that I had never thought about.  Walter is also an author of a book “They called me uncivilized”.  Next week will be the continuation of the interview.

Larry Brewer, Traditional Dancer Part II

Larry Brewer, Traditional Dancer Part II

March 23, 2021

Larry Brewer Traditional Dancer Part II

I continue to visit with my first cousin Larry Brewer.  He had the conviction that he needed to change his life style.  He then turned to the Church, traditional dancing, and bead work.  We talk about some of the Lakota traditional ways.  One is being respectful of others space.  His experience in going to a Catholic Boarding school was positive.   

Larry Brewer, Traditional Dancer

Larry Brewer, Traditional Dancer

March 16, 2021

Larry Brewer, Traditional Dancer

Larry Brewer’s first years were living on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  He shares some of his memories about Grandpa Mills and Great Grandpa Adams.  Then in the early 50’s the family moved to Rapid City.  He was the middle child out of 12.  My Aunt Lula, his mother, was a strong Lakota woman.  She was widowed and continued to raise 12 children by herself.   We will continue with Larry’s journey next week in Part II. 

Walter Mills Lakota Elder Part II

Walter Mills Lakota Elder Part II

March 9, 2021

Walter Mills, Lakota Elder

It is fascinating to get a view of life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  A glimpse of what life was like for Native Americans at that time.  One small fact was you could not purchase dog food at that time.  So if you had a family ranch and loved dogs how did you manage?  It was a pleasure to visit with Walter and have him share his experiences.

Walter Mills, Lakota Elder

Walter Mills, Lakota Elder

March 2, 2021

Walter Mills, Lakota Elder

Walter is the son of Sidney and Grace Mills.  He grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation and is an enrolled Oglala Lakota.  He shares what his life was like in the 1940’s and 1950’s on the reservation.  We talk about the beginning of WWII and how Native Americans have a greater percentage per capita of enlisting into the service.  We will continue with Walt’s story part II next week.

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