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The Black Hills Are Everything!

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The Black Hills Are Everything!

Traditional Lakota Spiritual Leader and Head Man,

David Swallow, Speaks Out on the Sacred Black Hills


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by David Swallow, Jr.

Traditional Lakota Spiritual Leader

and a Head Man of the Lakota Nation

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Edited by Stephanie M. Schwartz,

Member, Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)

Originally published at


July 5, 2009  Porcupine, South Dakota


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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.

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