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Why a Hidatsa Cares About Pe'Sla

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We were once the stewards of what precious little land the Federal government deigned to grant us, once they were done legislating us to death. Moved and re-moved, flooded out, boarding schooled, and literally dammed (and in a sense damned), we tried to honor those ceremonies, customs, and lifestyles "We were left with, all the while safeguarding our sacred knowledge, languages, and stories of the land we come from, including those lands we were forced to adopt -- still singing to our gardens, singing to our corn. This is the same land, incidentally, which was initially thought to be the "garbage' land areas left over after the invaders picked over what they'd wanted. It was seen as untillable, unprofitable, unforgiving -- fit only to give to an Indian."

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