August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Candi Brings Plenty 'Buffalo meat for relatives: Food security the Lakota way'



It is part of our Lakota virtues, 'WaĆanté Ognaké' and 'WaUnśila,' for us to give what is in our hands and in our refrigerators to provided for families in need, this is how our Lakota kinship societies stayed strong, we provided what was needed in our Tiyośpiyés (extended family/ Entire encampment) when we were privileged to have more than our own Tiwahé (family/individual Tipi) needed. -- Candi Brings Plenty


Candi Brings Plenty
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July 13, 2010


I found a BUFFALO to purchase from the Oglala Sioux Tribe Parks and Recs, I am in need of $500. I want to donate this buffalo to the Oyaté who are kuja (sick) with COVID-19 here in the Black Hills. I would like to have a traditional buffalo kill ceremony, to pray over the meat as pejuta (medicine).

This buffalo will be offered to those of us that cook weekly for our sick relatives for the meals we deliver to them. We have been cooking a hot dinner for fifty-seven days for relatives and their entire families here in the Black Hills.


It is part of our Lakota virtues, “WaĆanté Ognaké” and “WaUnśila,” for us to give what is in our hands and in our refrigerators to provided for families in need, this is how our Lakota kinship societies stayed strong, we provided what was needed in our Tiyośpiyés (extended family/ Entire encampment) when we were privileged to have more than our own Tiwahé (family/individual Tipi) needed.

It is medicine to relieve that fear of food insecurity while impacted by COVID-19, of how our relatives are going to not only be able to provide the groceries in their absences but also whose going to cook for their children, especially the single parent/grandparent sole providers.

I began this pandemic living on the Pine Ridge reservation and have moved to Rapid City sixty days ago, I jumped right into volunteering as a cook because I was so stressed about where my two Baby Bears and I were going to move in the middle of the pandemic as our lease was up and not up for renewal, I couldn’t imagine being positive and stressed about the well-being of my children on top of everything else.

We ended up in a beautiful house in Rapid City, I am fully aware of my privilege to have a job and food security, so I choose to give back to the community I live in. My eyes have also been opened to the struggle of our Indigenous urban relatives who don’t receive tribal support or any of the tribal CARES act assistance.

I feel this is more than just about providing Talo (meat), which is so expensive in the grocery stores these days, but it’s about those two Lakota virtues:

Waćanté Ognaké- generosity, to give from the heart.

WaUnśila- compassion, to lead with compassion, and to utilize this time to uplift ourselves with our Lakota ways of life, our ancestors not only died so that we could live, the LIVED to teach us how to live a strong Lakota way of life.

I would most definitely LIVE stream the buffalo kill and share the medicinal energy and intent to incorporate ceremony and prayer into our communities.

The Pté Oyaté (Buffalo Nation) are our ancestral providers and medicine. We use EVERY part of the Tatanka.

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