sisseton wahpeton oyate

This is Woodrow Wilson Keeble (May 16, 1917 – January 28, 1982) a U.S. Army National Guard veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a full-blooded member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, a federally recognized tribe of Dakota people. Although he was wounded (at least) twice in World War II and three times in the Korean War, he only received two purple hearts. Following a long campaign by his family and the congressional delegations of both North and South Dakota, on March 3, 2008, President George W. Bush posthumously awarded Keeble the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War.

I moved away from home two months ago for work. For the past six years, I’d been living on the Lake Traverse Reservation of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate where I am enrolled. I’ve lived on reservations throughout the Dakotas my entire life. The only time I’ve lived off-reservation was when I was a college student. Still, college life takes place in a fish bowl. Since moving I’ve realized that I didn’t receive full-on exposure to life off rez until now.

So the program has been a work in progress on the reservation but Jones says it’s successful overall. Now that the state has signed into law similar practices, Jones and others involved in the reservation program say they expect it to be successful statewide.

"You know, I’ve actually wondered why the state hadn’t picked up on this before," Cadotte said.

"If you go to the South Dakota penitentiary, I guarantee you 60 to 70 percent of the people who are there are there because of an underlying drug or alcohol addiction. And if we take the time before we send them to prison to help them deal with that addiction, I think we can save the tax payers a lot of money," Jones said.

Givin' In

By: Norbert Jones Jr.

Where do I turn when I need someone to lean on?

Where do I turn when my cante’(heart) is feeling sica(bad)?

Who do I talk to when nobody else will listen?  Did I come equipped for this life that I’m living?

 Nobody’s perfect, nobody in this world, nobody’s worthless cause we all part of this world, If there’s a reason for us to believe in, then there’s a reason for us to be breathing, Life is like the moon, Anpetue Wi (sun), the planets and wicanhpi (stars), one great unbreakable circle that’ll sacrifice it’s own eco-system, just to keep on livin, Mother Nature’s out of balance, and Father Time’s just done had it, only way to make it equal is to sit back and watch Mother Earth wreak havoc, Hurricane Katrina and I’ve known you’ve seen the Tsunami’s in Asia, I’m asking Mother Earth; How can we praise you?

I put my heart and soul into everything I flow.

I’m letting ya’ll know how I really feel about this world we livin’ in

Tunka Sila help me cause I feel like givin in, I feel like givin’ in.