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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vi Waln: Indian people survived terrorism for centuries in the US

Vi Waln: "If you believe that America 'honors' us by using the names of our tribes or famous leaders you might be suffering from the effects of colonized thinking."

By Vi Waln, Sicangu Lakota, Rosebud
Editor, Lakota Country Times
"The Lakota and other tribal people experienced countless terrorist attacks after the arrival of Columbus. Were these attacks on our people not committed on 'American' soil? This is a fact many people conveniently forget. Indian people have been terrorized for centuries right here on 'American' soil. I fail to see the joy in the violent death of any human being, even if society has judged him as an evil killer."
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Vi Waln is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Her columns were awarded first place in the South Dakota Newspaper Association 2010 contest. She is Editor of the Lakota Country Times and can be reached through email at

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