29 Replies to “Pine Ridge Reservation”

  1. ”These rocks are considered our grandfathers”

    Uh huh … that’s about all I needed to know. That’s why you’re STILL poor, violent, and backward in the 21st century. And it’s should be noted … that’s what the global Warmists want us to believe and worship … thus ensuring endless poverty, violence, and ignorance.

    1. Peter has a lot of interesting videos where he peeks into other cultures within America. Very interesting and honest reporting. Thanks for the link H

    2. Shame on me. For being snarky with my comment about a very interesting and enlightening tour. That was rude of me, and quite unhelpful.

      Now I’ve watched it … and find myself in complete agreement with Father ‘Flanagan’ … that our cultures need mutual understanding and respect. I have a very close relative (a Pastor) who works with the Crow people both on an off the Res. in eastern Montana (where I might just move) who loves and cares for the local Tribal peoples … and my daughter has married a Métis Shuswap (Secwépemc) man (who is a fabulous father, husband, and person). We held their wedding in Vancouver, and actually blended BOTH Christian and Native cultures in the ceremony … a smudging and blanket ceremony. We did this out of respect to both our families. ALL our guests and families accepted and enjoyed the two cultures expressing their beliefs.

      I reacted more to the ignorance of the white, college “educated” leftists who permeate our society with anything BUT mutual respect. They incessantly attack the white man’s traditions and cultures. I was reacting out of my defensive instincts against such ignorance. And all I did was get sucked in to the same ignorance. I know better, and I shall try to be better. I deserved your tongue lashing.

      I don’t like Mondays? Will that excuse suffice?

      1. If you move to eastern Montana, you’ll be on your knees all winter, praying for global warming.

      2. And let me add, that I truly wish the very best for every indigenous/native Tribal member in America and Canada. I consider each of them my brother or sister and fellow American/Canadian … even though they may reject my friendship out of hand because I’m of white European descent. But total rejection of the white mans culture is hardly the way to a prosperous future. All native peoples are entitled to and should keep their culture. But the white man isn’t going away. It would be best for the indigenous to learn how to work within the white mans society.

        I also find it ironic that the same political hierarchies that plague western societies … also plague the indigenous communities. The political elite grab their stack $$ with both hands and the common people get squat. It’s almost as if human nature is universal … greed and exclusion knows no skin color, or religious affiliation. It’s also obvious that the Native culture is fragmented and … well … “tribal”. Kinda what leftists are trying to do to American culture as a whole … fragment and divide us. Honest, open, and loving people should NEVER let that happen (shame on me for doing so – above). That’s not who I am. I embarrassed myself. I apologize, and ask forgiveness.

        We need to find common ground and develop those connections. We need to be brothers and sisters … because we are. We’re all living here together … now … let’s make the best of it. It’s no longer the 1800’s.

  2. Massacre at Wounded Knee in 1876 was pointed out by the Lakota Sioux Teacher to the interviewer.

    My wife’s great grandfather was at that battle site after it was over. He and his family removed the moccasins and other items from the dead Indians, took them 10 miles back into Nebraska and sold them. They had heard the battle, boarded up their home until the shooting was over and then left to scavenge. My wife is part Sioux.

    Just to show it was not that long ago as her great grandfather told her the story

  3. I’ve directly communicated with Peter. My best friend in San Francisco is personal friends with he and his wife. He’s a good fellow and a non-B.S. person. I highly recommend all of his videos!

  4. Batoche was 1885 , Canadian government sent the army into a relatively peaceful Metis settlement , none of this is so very long ago. The Peace , Order and Good Government is easily swayed in times of floods and bouncy castles.

    1. Sent the army into a peaceful Metis settlement that had just killed 12 police and volunteers and wounded another twelve? I don’t buy your BS.

  5. Interesting video.
    Sad to see so many people living in poverty when there are bands of indians in california with 200 members that own billions of dollars worth of casino resorts.

  6. Re-writing history is practiced by many. Including natives.
    No one should claim to understand and know it all with out reading and studying everything you can find on the subject.
    People conquering other people has happened since the beginning of time and native peoples warred on other natives a lot before the white man arrived on the western plains. Driving tribes out of areas by the stronger tribes.
    A good read on this is Gordon Meeks book…


  7. Interesting that Roger ( the Lakota ) showed no resentment of non-natives. It makes you wonder if the id pol narrative of feelings of oppression by non-whites is just that – an invented story, designed to create friction in both directions.

    Peter has another video of a day spent with a sheriff patrolling Navajo County in AZ, part of the Navajo nation. Same vibe; the non-native sheriff seems to be guest of honor wherever he goes on Navajo land; they are glad he’s there.

    ( Big problem with both reserves: drugs being trafficked through the “ open border “, as the AZ sheriff describes it.)

  8. Interesting. I’ve been on a few reservations and they all seemed to be similar to the one shown in this video. The exception was the west coast Indians, they blended in with neighbouring whites to a degree I’ve never seen with plains Indians. I even had a native girlfriend when I lived in northern BC and that wasn’t an uncommon thing in that area.

  9. I traveled through the area in 1989 and again in 1991 with our family in a VW Westphalia, it was a terrific road trip, and have often wanted to return again.
    I bought the book “Black Elk Speaks prior to the second trip, and brought it with me to read in the down time of not driving, though I know there’s some controversies about its accuracy I didn’t take it to mind, as a “text book” but more of a story told to the author. I still have the book, it’s one that I’m not tossing out.

    “Worth the time” …


    1. I also have this book. A co-worker of mine recommended it when I asked what would be a good one to read about native culture. He himself was descended from a tribe in the Couer D’Alene area of Idaho, but had lived most of his life in Montana.
      I’ve struggle through part of the book. It must take a bit of getting used to the style and stories, so I will pick it up again soon and work through the rest.

  10. With all the bashing in here at times against Indians, Gays, Blacks, Muslims, and Chinese, it’s good to se a positive thread, and yes one should visit a reserve or 2 before commenting on them!

    1. No one here hates the Indians, we hate the poverty pimps, IOU’s written on the back of napkins, Unrealistic land agreements, the Librano corruption of the Chiefs and the billions of dollars wasted, false narratives by main stream media blowhards and politicians and how they’re used by the Liberal party to beat the rest of us over the head with.

      1. Was it a place called Davis Inlet? I really started to be disgusted by government when I saw a short documentary on a tribe in eastern Canada that had been located in some faraway useless place, where they had no chance to be anything but wards of the state. All manner of corruption and apathy, as you say.

    2. I’ve offered my mea culpa … twice. My snarky personality got the better of me. Thank God Christ offers forgiveness of our sins. But I shall also take Christ’s admonition … to “go, and sin no more”. I still believe the “ground radar graves” are a wholly political construct … but I still care about the indigenous people who have jumped on the emotional bandwagon … including my son in Law … who refuses to discuss the topic with me.

      1. No, that’s good. Don’t beat up on yourself, we all can make hasty conclusions on too little info.

  11. And the Indian mafia. And the corruption of the chiefs. And the hatred between the tribes.

    I could go on but what’s the point.

    Bad things happened to the NA Indian no doubt. They were lied to, cheated and subjugated to every privation.

    They are no different then any tribe in the history of mankind. When the Germans were living in caves the Lithuanians came and beat the shit out of them and took their women as slaves. Nobody remembers any of that history.

    The Indian history is much the same. They lived in a constant state of war. Starvation was always a real possibility. The triumph of native society was that it sustained amid untold hardship. Good on them. They had the skill to compete with cruelty of nature.

    They are not some super race. They are as flawed as the rest of us and were going to have to figure out how to get along with each other sans the guilt.

  12. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if the narrator had ventured onto the reserve without being accompanied by a respected elder.