The Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe has a long history and has played an important role in the Lakota community. With our new magazine devoted to the Sioux Indians lifestyle, you can learn all about the past and present of the tribe and will also be able to learn how we have impacted Canadian and US governments. The Lakota Indians were one of the very first Native American tribes and many of our tribe members live throughout the Rocky Mountains prior to European travellers arriving. Originally part of seven councils, the Lakota Tribe is still very active in US regions and today, members of the tribe can be found residing in South Dakota, on various reservations. There are currently five reservations that are the home to people from the Lakota bands. With our informative magazine, we aim to provide you with the latest news and resources for tribe members and we also offer some great historical facts regarding the tribe and how we have become what we are today.
Lakota Sioux In The US and Canada
In the United States, the Lakota Sioux are represented by elected officials for the various reservations in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Nebraska. We have many tribe members that live both on and off reservations and each member has the right to vote in elections for each reservation and there is a unique local government style with its own constitution. Most active reservations in the US will follow a tribal council that contains a chairman or president that is elected by the voters of the tribe.
In Canada, there are more than 6,000 registered members of our Lakota tribe and we are considered to be First Nations, having the same entitlements and rights as stated by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada department.
As members of the Lakota Tribe, we have been exposed and stereotypes when an investigative story called Lost Children, Shattered Families aired. This exposed the kidnapping of Lakota children from their homes by the South Dakota D.S.S. Many of our tribe activists such as Chase Iron Eyes and Madonna Thunder Hawk alleged that some Lakota grandmothers have been denied the right to foster grandchildren and we are working to redirect federal funding away from South Dakota to instead fund tribal foster care families and programs.
Modern Day Lakota Tribe Life
Members of the Lakota Indian tribe have always known for our anti-mining presence and the trading of white fur. Those who are just learning about our active members of the tribe will recognize the Lakota hero, Crazy Horse, which is held in the highest esteem by the tribe. While our tribe is settled and modernized, we still hold tight to folklores and old-school thinking, making us one of the most interesting active tribes in the US and Canada.
Tribe Activity and Popularity
Today, the Lakota tribe and our members are still threatened, but not because of warfare, starvation of the destruction of the land. A cultural erosion is being caused by academics and the general public and there are many stereotypes regarding the tribe, tribal members and our culture that make it difficult for current members to survive. While there are just a few remaining descendants of the tribe, the many generations that are still alive and active have a strong presence in the Dakotas and Nebraska and still operate reservations and hold tight to tribal beliefs. The majority of our tribe members speak Lakota, which is the Lakota language, also referred to as Teton. This is a Siouan language and it is spoken by more than 9,000 people in seven different Sioux tribes throughout Canada and the United States. In addition to speaking the native language, we also speak English and will often only speak our native tongue when we are on reservations or amongst other Lakota members.