Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lakota Youth Literally Fight against Genocide with the help of Coach and Mentor

Many people know the statistics for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I do this blog in respects to educate and bring a voice to Lakota youth and families who have been silenced due to Genocide from the American Government. After all i do live here on the reservation and see all that goes on. Many of the times so much words can be twisted and altered to fit every persons view of our reservation life. But the prime issue all boils down to one thing the survival of our young people. Many times in tribal politics and politics period our young people's voices go unheard.

Our youth and young people are our future. As i know i am a young Lakota women with youth children. I wanted to be able to be a role model to them and other young people. I had to over come many hardships and genocide myself to be a role model. I had to step up and be a voice in a positive way. It seems as though so people don't see it that way. I had to give back to my community is some way other then just bringing in support to them. So my companion Isaac and i stepped up to start a youth boxing team. I did an interview with a youth a while back. In this interview with him i asked him why he wanted to be in a gang. he said " I like to be in this gang because i love to fight and it's excepted in our gang life, i mean i don't like to fight just anybody and it hurts my feelings when we fight an innocent person". This stunned me, it then occurred to me that we could give them a positive outlet for his passion wether anybody feels it's wrong. So we stepped up to train and find sponsorship for these young men who wanted to train and build self endurance.

We wanted to be able to help guide them with a positive out look on their life. Isaac and i reached out to some of our local youth and touched their hearts. They came to us in a good way and expressed their dreams and heart's to us. They told us that they wanted to be fighters (BOXERS). We feel that some of our youth are pushed out of the way because so many people want them to live a life that doesn't suit them. Isaac and i now train 4 awesome young men. 3 of these young men are mixed blood, part black. They had a very hard time growing up on the reservation. These young men have a very strong lakota mother who supports them with their dreams of being boxers. She pushes them to be champions. These young men have big dreams of getting off the reservation and to be successful. All they needed was someone to except them for them, and motivate them and inspire them more.

These young men have shown us that they want to accomplish their dreams. They come to training every night and work very hard. All they needed was some one to believe in them. To trust and love them. We have found a great sponsor for them. They have fights coming up soon and have been working really hard. I had to make allot of sacrifices in my life to step up for them. In stepping up for them i have been ridiculed and put down by many people for reaching out for support for them. To me they are worth it. Because their dreams are worth every stone that is cast at me. These young men deserve to have a fighting chance to be successful.

These young men had to over come growing up on this reservation with such high rates of poverty, genocide and suicide. They had to over come being different, they had to over come racism. These young men inspired me, they have humbled me to be a better role model to them and other youth coming to us. I want to honor them in a good way, by telling you their story. And dedicate this poem to them.

Within You Is The Strength To Meet Life's Challenges!
You are stronger than you think, remember to stand strong.
Every challenge and obstacle in your life helps you to grow
Every problem you encounter strengthens your mind and your soul. Every trouble you overcome increases your understanding of life.
All though it may be hard to understand.

When all your troubles weigh heavily on your shoulders, remember that beneath the burden you can stand strong,
because you are never given more than you can handle...
and you are stronger than you think. Stand strong....
With in your challenges there is your strength to over come them,
With love and support you will accomplish your dreams Remember to stand strong,
When you feel that you are alone remember there are those of us who support you and together we will stand strong
Together we will over come challenges to help you accomplish your dreams.
If you are to fall we will pick you up
It's not how much you accomplish in life that really counts, but how much you give to other.
It's not how high you build your dreams that makes a difference, but how high your faith can climb.
It's not how many goals you reach, but how many lives you touch.
It's not who you know that matters, but who you are inside.
Believe in the impossible, hold tight to the incredible, and live each day to its fullest potential.
You can make a difference in your world.

This is for our young men and i girl in our Lakota Youth Boxing Team Chris 16 years old
Morshawn 15 years old
Shamori 14 years old
Wakinyan 8 years old
Ohiniyan 11 years old only girl on the team YOU GO GIRL!!!

Much love and respect to these young people for stepping up to accomplish their dreams and over come genocide, oppression. And all the hard work and train they have been doing. But most important for being role models to your friends and other young people in our community.


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Honoring our Lakota of Life - Giving the youth and young warriors back hope to prevent suicide

As everyday goes on i feel more impowered to reachout to all the brother and sisters of the world. Our Lakota Youth are the most crucial part of our Nation. As well as all people in the Nation. I sit and wonder what people really know about our reservations beside what the American School taught them. I feel it's time to re-educate the world about our Native world as we have been forgotten way to long.

The Lakota traditions are alive and theres hope for our people. The youth and Lakota people are handling what is layed upon us the best they can with spirituality and culture. We ride our horses, we sing our songs and practice the ceremonies. The pride in their hearts is keeping them alive. But we need more than just pride to survive. As the Lakota Nations we need to impower one another. This life of being forgotten has to stop now.

In the Old days man and women had their roles they served. They had a place in the Tiospaye (Community). Even down to the children. Elders would teach the young ones. And the adults would take the time to show the young ones how to do things. We all know that we can't go back fully to the old ways. But we can still be traditional inside our homes and community with the values,ceremonies and culture.

We all know that the systems is designed to work against us as native people. It was never designed to let us be equal. Our native people deserve a chance to be heard. Our children have a right to be succesful and live healthy lives. Why do we have to leave our reservations to be succesful and have jobs? Our ancestors gave their lives to protect us. They did not want to sign the treaties as they knew they would never be honored. And we see it today, the unjustice our people have faced and still face.
And now our children are trying or committing suicide. Something has to be done if now when?

We as the people need to make a change for all future generation. This is not about war or fighting it's about living in peace and harmony with one another. It's about bringing hope back the the Lakota communities families. Our young warriors and youth don't need to take their own lives anymore. I pray that one day soon things will change for us as Lakota's. Hold your way of life close, it is ours. The creator gave it us! Honoring our way of life we can help the youth and young warriors reclaim their idenities. Through that is healing.


If i fall would help me get back on my feet?
If i am cying would you wipe my tears?
If i am feeling down would you comfort me?
If i am hungry would you feed me?
If i need a safe place to rest my head would you open the door?
If i am wounded would you leave me behind?
If the world condems me would you do the same?
If my skin is brown would you judge me?
If no one hears my cries would you give me voice to be heard?
if i asked you to show me a better way of life would you?
If needed a teacher would you take the time to teach me?
If nobody understands me would you want too?
If i am in the dark would you give me light to see?
If i wasn't your child would you love me like your own?
If i didn't understand my own pain would help me understand it?
If i messed up and hurt you would you forgive me?
If i call out for you to come for the greatest battle would you fight by my side?
If i wasn't able to fight would you fight for me, and all genrations to come?

" In memory of our brothers and sisters who took their own lives may you alway rest in peace"

By Autumn Two Bulls

Take A Stand Against Poverty & Suicide in Lakota Country

Autumn TwoBulls: Take a Stand Against Poverty & Suicide in Lakota Country join us in Calling The White House ~202 456 1111

Autumn TwoBulls: Take a Stand Against Poverty & Suicide in Lakota Country join us in Calling The White House ~202 456 1111 This is the time when my people should be treated fair and with justice. Support the Sweet Grass Suicide Provention Program here in Pine Ridge Reservation This is an epmidemic among Lakota Country please give our Lakota Youth a Voice for Hope! Follow -Up Call In to White House Tuesday March 2, 2010 Help bring a voice to the Lakota Nation in the matters Poverty and Suicide on the Pine Ridge Reservation/Contact White House To Friends, Relations and supporters., Thank you for the overwhelming response to our White House Call In last Tuesday 2/16 and again on Friday. Over the last while, you have seen and heard of the terrible situations and conditions on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Again, I am asking you to come make your voice be heard.Last Tuesday all of you overwhelmed the Comment line 202 456 1111. On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, please take the time to call in again.We need to keep this subject on the President's "Radar" and this is a way for us to be heard. Tell President Obama of the awful conditions facing my people here on Pine Ridge. Tell him the Oglala Sioux Tribe Declared a State of Emergency on Suicide in December Remind him of the promises that he has made to the First Nations/Native American people. Promises waiting to be fulfilled. When you call the comment line tell them about the grinding poverty rates, the 80% unemployment and the desperation that is leading so many of our people and youth to commite suicide. We are asking that Aide is brought to our Lakota Nation in these matters.

1: When you make your call, please be respectful

2: State in your call Why you are calling, i.e., Suicide and povertyon the Pine Ridge Reservation, etc

3: State that you would like to know what the President can do about this.

4: Remind respectfully that the President made promises to the First NationsNative American People during his campaign.

Help us to be heard again, we've only just begun use our voice. Together we can make a difference for the people. One voice together, loud enough for the President to open his mind and his heart to my people, the Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge Reservation. Please begin calling during buisness hours which are 9am - 4 pm Eastern time.

Keep calling and emailing all day. I am so grateful for the support in this effort to help Our Lakota Nation be heard. Lets work together as one voice Pila Unyape, Wopila Tanka Echichiyape Respectfully, Autumn Two Bulls Oglala

Lakota of Pine Ridge South Dakota PHONE THE WHITE HOUSE: 202 456 1111 Faced with rash of suicides, OST President Two Bulls declares an emergency In an emotional appeal to the people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala Sioux Tribe President Theresa Two Bulls declared a state of emergency Thursday in the face of overwhelming numbers of suicides and suicide attempts on South Dakota's largest reservation. _________________________________________________________________________ Here is a video which will break your heart. Please understand that your great Nation, the United States has failed to live up to the legally binding contracts that they entered into with these Sovereign Nations, and here is the result: Imagine living here now, we have been battered with storm after storm over the past months. Children, Elders, the Disabled..... Chief Teresa TwoBulls declared a State of Emergency weeks ago, as conditions have become unbearable in a very harsh winter. The White House is silent. Where is the HOPE that President Obama has promised? Where is HOPE for the Lakota? Here is the President's Opening words to the Tribal Nations Conference last November. H.E.L.P. (Helping Every Lakota Person) This group