Denver American Horse: Veterans column in the Lakota language

Denver American Horse

Veteran Warrior Wakte' Glipi
To come home in Triumph / Victory
By Denver American Horse
Lakota Country Times Columnist

Hau Kh'ola (Hello friend), toh niktuka hwo (how are you)? Matanyan yelo (I am well / fine). Hekta Anpetu Nunpa hehan (Last Tuesday) Mni Luzahan tah wai (i went to Rapid City). Oaph'e Shakowin: Oh'anh'o Wikchemna Yamni hinhani lah'chi unkiyapi (We left at 7:30 a.m.). Unyanpi echunhan, lila p-oh (While we were going, it was very foggy). Unkib hehan (When we got there), hinhani-woyute unhapi (we had break-fast). Ahg'uyapi zibzipela na takushnishni unyutapi (We ate pancakes and other things).

Unkiglushtanpi el (When we were finished), Mazopiye Th'anka tah unkipi (we went to Wal-mart). Hel hugmiyan wan unkai pi (We took a tire there). Chin Wowasukiye Washte wan nahanh'chi aikh'aikah cha (Because it still had a Warranty). Hugmiyan lechala wan unk-u pi (They gave us a new tire). Ahtah (All indeed)! Johlowan unglinaph'api (We came outwhistling). Lol (Ho Th'ankah Ih'at-ah).

Le Anpetu kin (Today is) Owangyujaja Anpetu (Saturday). Chanwape G'i Wi (Moon of Brown Leaf / Leaves - September) Yamni (3rd), Kh'oktopawing'e Nunpa sam Ahke Shakpe (2, 016). Wana anpetu kin pteptechela ahye lo (Now the days are getting shorter). Lehintagna th'alo pusyapi (Now already it is time to make dried meat) na ohtkeyapi kta hecha (and hang them up). Houn (Oh no) - pahpah wahanpi wachin yelo (i want pahpah soup)!

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
On July 8, 2015 I spoke before the State / Tribal Relations Committee in Pierre regarding the Veterans License Plate Fee issue and at that time, I also mentioned to them that there is two more initiatives I want to tell them about: one is the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. As I understand it; there are only two states that have adopted this Declaration into their constitutions. Those states are Arizona and Maine.

Wilton Littlechild says he was given a copy by the Arizona Legislature of this (adoption). He was present in the Gallery, but was called down to the front of the assembly. So, all the tribes need to adopt this important Declaration and present it to the various states for a "Han" (yes) or a "Hiya" (no) vote. I will not be surprised if South Dakota says "Hiya" (no).

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Speaking of votes, the Oglala Lakota County Early Voting will start in Pine Ridge on September 23rd. More than likely, at the SueAnne Big Crow Center. There will be important topics to vote on as well as the state and national candidates. Early Voting will continue until the national election day in November.

Remember our great warrior Crazy Horse on September 5th.

Happy Birthday to my Th'anke (older sister) Jeanette Olive American Horse on September 6th.

Until next week, Happy Trails!

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