January 2017

13 posts

We Are All Connected When I first started researching my family history story, (my great-uncle’s service as a Sioux Code Talker) I began to meet other code talker families and in time, forge a strong bond with them. There is a Lakota term that explains family connections with a strong feeling.  According to Albert White Hat, …
Honor Family History Stories and Warrior Crazy Horse Listen to the audio recording that honors family history.  I make connections with some of my family stories and the legacy of others that I learned about while doing the research for the case study parts 1-4.  (see previous blog posts)  Lessons learned while doing the case study: …
A True/False Quiz About Native Americans and Code Talking Let’s see what you’ve learned so far from my previous blog posts…   Question 1     True or False? Native Americans were not self-sufficient. [False- People used all their resources (like the buffalo), maintained successful and productive communities for hundreds of years.]   Question 2 …
American Indian Case Study Continued… Part 4 Results There were several issues at the turn of the century, but there are three most urgent ones to discuss.  The traditional Sioux way of life was gone, along with the buffalo.  And, to make matters worse, children were taken off to boarding school to be assimilated into …
Native American Indian Case Study Part 3 Results of Resistance The values of cooperation and generosity were (are) important in the Sioux culture. However, when a man was forced to defend himself, this person could demonstrate that “he could think clearly and act calmly on the battlefield”.  This person also had opportunities to show “he was a good provider for his …
Part 2: Native American Indian Values and Discovery of Gold More Background Traditional Native American Indian Values sometimes have contrasting values with non-Native values.  Family and community groups are important where at times in non-Native society, the focus is on taking care of one’s self.  Other Native values include cooperation and generosity while non-Natives may …
Part 1: American Indian Case Study: Values and Buffalo Introduction and Background There are 562 recognized tribes in America and each on varies from the next.  Each tribe has its own culture, customs, traditions and language.  But the tribes have certain values that are the same.  Central to the Native American Indian values system are …
Who helped me launch this project? Listen to Secret Honor: Gratitude Letters. In the beginning of my journey, I gathered information about the code talkers mainly through letter writing, newspaper clippings, and phone calls.  In this audio recording, you’ll hear my thank you letters to several key people who helped me make sense of the resource materials I had …
My First Online Interview: Research Revealed I’m so excited to collaborate with my writing friend, Janie Reinart, in this online interview! Find me over at GROG today.  CLICK HERE to jump to a Q & A and learn more about: my journey as a children’s author my research path what I’m doing now as a writer Check …
Native American Indians Enlist in the Military and Serve During World War I (1917-1918) America entered World War I in April, 1917. An article from The Argus-Leader (June 20, 1943, Sioux Falls, SD) stated, “The spirit and patriotism of the American Indian has been thoroughly exemplified in World War I.” The reporter must have interviewed …
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