The Black Hills Are Everything!
Traditional Lakota Spiritual Leader and Head Man,
David Swallow, Speaks Out on the Sacred Black Hills
by David Swallow, Jr.
Traditional Lakota Spiritual Leader
and a Head Man of the Lakota Nation
Edited by Stephanie M. Schwartz,
Member, Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
Originally published at www.SilvrDrach.homestead.com/Schwartz_2009_Jul_05.html
July 5, 2009 Porcupine, South Dakota
The white man calls me David Swallow, Jr. but my real name is Wowitan Yuha Mani. I am a Tetoh Lakota of the Wa Naweg'a Band and I live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
This is the way my Grandpa Najutala told me, a long time ago. He was a teenager when the 1868 Treaty was signed. He's gone now but this is how he told me about the sacred Black Hills.