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The evolution of Lakota social and political structure from pre-contact through the present with maps of the Lakota Nation.
Traditional Lakota tales of the creation of the universe, the earth and the emergence of life and mankind within it.
Lakota traditional spiritual beliefs, rites and ceremonies, past and present
Traditional Lakota folk tales in English and Lakota.
A guide to the Lakota alphabet and pronunciation with streaming audio. An introduction to Lakota rules of grammar, verb lists and dictionaries (English & Deutsch).
Song structure of Plains music, historical diffusion of songs, dances and regalia on the Plains. Lakota songs to listen to and download.
Current events, national news clippings.
The full complete text of Treaties and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Šung'manitu-tanka, the Great Plains or Buffalo Wolf - The nation of wolves and their unique relationship with the Lakota.

  Hau!   Tima hiyu wo!   'Greetings!   Come inside!'   Hokahe, hel iyotaka.   'Welcome'  to the Lodge of Šung'manitu-Išna,   ' Lone Wolf '.

  The intent of these pages is to honor a proud and noble people, the Oglala Lakota, of Pine Ridge, South Dakota. A people who live in harmony with the universe despite an ongoing racial cleansing that has lasted for over five hundred years. The Lakota are as diverse individually as any other American and always in a state of transition;   I present in these pages the culture that makes them unique. This is an educational presentation in no way intended to exploit the Lakota people, their culture, or their traditional beliefs. I am attempting this project to preserve this rich culture and language. As long as there is an interest, the Lakota culture will endure time and transformation.   I strive to live Lakol' wicokan to honor them and all my relations.

Mitakuye oyas'in
~ Šung'manitu-Išna


"Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be as one."

–Tašunke Witko (Crazy Horse)



A Prayer


Tunkašila, unci maka wamakanškanya
tatuye topa kin lena tawaic'iya nanke.
Na maka wita kin le, cannunpa kin le,
ikce wicaša hena unkawanlakapi,
wicouncage topa kin lena wicotakunišni
hinajinpi eša hena kakušyeya najin yo!

Tunkašila, unšimala yo!
Ohunkešni na wakanyeja hena iyuškinya,
zaniya manipi kte.

Wokiye kaga yo!

Taku wakan ecetkiya hounkiciciya po!
Mitakuye ob takuni itokeca kte šni.
Mazani kte! Wani kte!

Tunkašila, hoiciciyelo!
Unšimala yo! Omakiya yo!

Mitakuye oyas'in.
Grandfather, Grandmonther,
to the Powers
in the Animal Nations
of the Four Winds.
Watch over the Sacred Pipe,
Grandmother Earth,
and the People:
Our Forefathers, Elders,
Little Ones,
and the Unborn.

Grandfather,
I have a genuine need and I need your help.
I pray through the Sacred Pipe
for my People, all life,
for health and happiness.

Grandfather, hear my prayer.
I have a genuine need and I need your help, help me.

We are all related.

- Wanbli Cik'ala, Wallace Black Elk -



The Oglala Lakota Flag

First used in 1961, this flag was approved by the Oglala Sioux Triba OST Council on March 9, 1962 as the official flag of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The flag is comprised of eight white tipis, each of which represents one of the eight districts in which the seven tiyošpayes (from ti, 'to dwell' and ošpaye, 'a band, a division of a tribe, and/or a community') of the Oglala Lakota settled at Pine Ridge at the end of the ninteenth century. The tipis are arranged in a hocoka, 'camp circle' (the circle is a wakan, 'sacred', symbol representing continuity and unity) on a red background, a wakan, sacred, color. It is but a small simple cloth with a simple design, yet it is full of meaning, pride, faith and hope.

"Sioux National Anthem" and "Victory Song"

Listen to Sioux National Anthem & Victory Song
Performed by William Horncloud

2:34   338 KB   mp3

Tunkašilayapi tawapaha kin oihankešni najin kte lo
Iyoĥlate oyate kin wicicagin kta ca hecamon welo.

He yuha natan pe
He yuha natan pe
Tunkašilayapi tawapaha ca he yuha natan pelo
Lakota hokšila he ohitika ca he yuha natan pe
Tunkašilayapi tawapaha ca he yuha natan pelo.

The flag of the United States will fly forever
Beneath it, the people will grow, that is why I do this.

They are carrying it charging
They are carrying it charging
They are carrying the flag of the United States, charging
The brave Lakota boys are carrying it, charging
They are carrying the flag of the United States, charging.

"Sioux Flag Song"

Listen to Sioux Flag Song & Veterans' Song
Performed by The Porcupine Singers

7:02   8.05 MB   mp3

"Tunkašilayapi tawapaha kin iyuškinyan icu wo."
Eya ca iwacu we.
Ho ekta wacipi.
Le micu we.

"Rejoicedly take the United States flag."
He said this and I took it.
Ho, they're dancing toward it.
Give it back to me.





The interior of a traditional tipi, looking thru the doorway towards the place of honor.
(from 'The Indian Tipi', Reginald and Gladys Laubin, 1957)
Clicking the tipi icon on the bottom of each page of this site will always bring you here,


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  Lakota Society

The evolution of Lakota social and political structure from pre-contact through the present, distinguished Lakota, photos of the Oglala Lakota people, conflict history, and maps of the Lakota Nation.

  Lakota Cosmology

Traditional Lakota tales of the creation of the universe, the earth and the emergence of life and mankind within it.

  Lakota Spirituality

Lakota traditional spiritual beliefs, rites and ceremonies, past and present

  Lakota Mythology

Traditional Lakota folk tales in English and Lakota.

  Language and Grammar

A guide to the Lakota alphabet and pronunciation with streaming audio. An introduction to Lakota rules of Grammar and verb lists, and the Lakota kinship system with dictionaries. Vocabulary charts of over 500 common Lakota words and phrases (English & German!) with audio pronunciation. Lakota Language Teaching Software is available here.

Lakota Music and Dance

Song structure of Plains music, historical diffusion of songs, dances and regalia on the Plains, The Powwwow (includes annual Plains events calendar), Pan-Indianism/Pan-Tetonism, Detailed description of dance and regalia styles and traditional dance regalia construction. Lakota songs to listen to and download.

  The American Holocaust

WARNING! Frank and mature discussion and images of Native American genocide;   May not be suitable for younger guests.   Viewer discretion is advised.

  Lakota - In

Active Indianz news ticker with current events, national news (pages of clippings through 2001)... includes the full text of President Clinton's remarks to the Lakota people, 12 July 1999.

  Native American Law

The full complete text of Treaties and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Many definitive and helpful links about Native American civil and treaty rights for those doing legal research.

  Šung'manitu-tanka Oyate

Šung'manitu-tanka, the Great Plains or Buffalo Wolf   The nation of wolves and their unique relationship with the Lakota.

  Bibliography

A list of the materials used to create the Lodge of Šung'manitu-Išna with links to the publishers.

  Awards and Honors

Awards presented to The Lodge of Šung'manitu-Išna.

  Web Rings

I joined several Native American web rings in 1999; they may no longer be active.

  Native American Links

Links to more Lakota language and culture sites, shops to buy Lakota flag products, and trading posts for all your craft and regalia construction needs.

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Click Here and listen to KILI (90.1 FM)! Owned and operated by Lakota Communications in Porcupine, South Dakota, KILI serves 30,000 people on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud reservations, along with the large Native American urban community in Rapid City. The station started broadcasting in 1983 as the first Native American-owned radio station in the United States. It seeks to preserve Native American culture and instill pride in the peoples' unique heritage.


Click Here to visit KOLC-TV, which was started in 2004 by Oglala Lakota College. The college felt that the Native peoples were not being represented in the national media in positive images. OLC approached the Golden West Telecommunications network, and with their generous support, KOLC-TV began airing local Native American content. KOLC-TV broadcasts academic, cultural and historical events. The Eyes of the Lakota Nation, they are showing real life accounts of the Lakota. KOLC-TV currently offers video on demand; new titles appear weekly, and older broadcasts are archived by topic for viewing. Late this coming summer, streaming live broadcasting from the KOLC-TV studios at Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota, and on location from around the Pineridge reservation will be available.




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