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Life on the Rez.

Life on the Rez.

November 24, 2020

Life on the Rez.

In order to tell stories about my grandmother Betty Gillespie-Swallow, I went to a good source.  Leni Connell-Hamilton lived on the Swallow homestead for more than 55 years.  We share some humorous stories about the Unci,s (Grandmothers).  Insight to living on the Southwest corner of the reservation and dealing with the Gumbo mud.  Though in a remote part of the country there was always visitors and something going on. 

Thank you Leni for the good visit. 

A Lakota Woman of Wisdom

A Lakota Woman of Wisdom

November 17, 2020

A Lakota Woman of Wisdom

Suzanne White Wolf Swallow is a Lakota elder a mother of eight children.  Grandmother (unci) and great-grandmother.  Though her life has not always been easy she was able to instill in her family many of the Lakota values. You will learn why education has been so important in her family.  She also shares some of her family history which dates back the Battle of the Little Big Horn and the Wounded Knee Massacre.   

Sarah Long Chin -  Northern Cheyenne

Sarah Long Chin - Northern Cheyenne

November 10, 2020

Sarah Long Chin - Northern Cheyenne

This the second segment of the Gillespie  family history.  How my Great grandmother (Northern Cheyenne) ended up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  That is where her family was  enrolled as Oglala Sioux.  It was common that whichever reservation they resided at, is where they were enrolled by the government.  As you can only be enrolled in one tribe.

Many of my ancestors could speak Cheyenne, Lakota, and English.  We do know that she was with Crazy Horse’s band when the he came to Fort Robinson according to the book “The Surrender Ledger”. You will find out why great-grandfather George was afraid of the dark.

 

Camp Mni Luzahan

Camp Mni Luzahan

November 3, 2020

Camp Mni Luzahan

Even though Mark K. Tilsen is a very busy man with a lot of responsibilities he was kind enough to grant me an interview.  If you have a heart for the homeless this is one podcast worth listening to.  You will learn the logistics and difficulties of lending a helping hand to the un-housed. There is group of dedicated people that work hard and are willing to do this.   

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