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Seaman David Crazy Thunder (Oglala) and mother, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, 1945. Marquette University Archives

1. Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect 2. Remain close to the Great Spirit 3. Show great respect for your fellow beings 4. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind 5. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed

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The word Lakota means “friends” or “alliance of friends.” In the tribe, women are highly revered for they are the ones who give birth to men. The Lakota also believe it is woman who created man because she was incomplete without one. And like Mother Earth, she gives life. “Know your culture and live it,” said Charlotte Black Elk.

Lakota Spirit Horse Dance Stick- When a warrior lost a horse, he would honor the horse by making a horse stick.