Drags Rope, Cherry Creek 1922, Cheyenne River Reservation

Drags Rope


Drags Rope p.2


  1. blissbait said,

    March 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Lord. Read over this last night and didn’t know what to say. Am back and read Leslie’s comments. Just odd. Twilight Zone. Sad. Echo-ey. Thank You for speaking this. Namaste.

    • March 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      “Twilight Zone”–well, bliss, that does seem sort of appropriate for some reservations even today with 85% unemployment because there’s no place to work–oh and there are no junk jobs at golden arches or kingly burgers or wally worlds on Pine Ridge or Cheyenne River. But apparently there are nearly 200 job openings for law enforcement in Indian Country. Wonder what that might have to do with one in three Native Women reporting being raped–mainly by non-Natives who have no fear of the law once they high tail it OFF reservation land. Oh and Native Americans have the highest rates of teen suicide, infant mortality and lowest life expectancy of all Americans. Twilight Zone indeed. That’s why organizations like the Cheyenne River Youth Project are soooo vitally important.

  2. March 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    hello 47whitebuffalo its dennis the vizsla dog hay my mama sez the dog wot i got confyoozd with pickles is a border collie mix not a pyoor border collie she duznt no wot it is mixd with tho!!! ok bye

    • March 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Dennis. I am interested in the Pickles because Pickles looks so much like a smaller version of a dog friend who passed on a few years ago. Perhaps she was a border collie mixed with a saintly bernard to get her size. Keep on sniffing, dennis.

  3. lesliepaints said,

    March 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I think what caught my eye as I studied this tonight was

    citizen- NO
    I never noticed, Eva. Did it say this on all Native Americans? I will scroll and take a look at a few of the others you have posted.

    • lesliepaints said,

      March 23, 2010 at 1:22 am

      OK. I am back from my search. There were two that had citizenship, many with none, and one that had a ?. Do you know what they had to do to gain citizenship? I did not know this. Do people living in a country that becomes overtaken by another have to do something to acquire citizenship?

      • March 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

        Yes, Leslie, they had to prove they were competent to handle their monetary affairs and behave like white people and not being overtly ‘Traditional’ in their lifestyles and values. Things like ‘give-aways’ not being done, staying home all the time, speaking mainly English and so on. Otherwise they are ‘wards’ of the government. They all have ‘ward’ status until deemed worthy of ‘citizenship’. Now citizenship isn’t always a good thing–because then the land grabbers have easier access to people struggling to survive–literally–and willing to sell land in order to get money for food.
        Thanks for your questions because I’m never quite certain what to write or how much in regard to these surveys and photos–and your questions provide some insight into what type of information is needed and wanted. Everyone’s continued interest in these profiles has convinced me to try to organize a great deal of a variety of correspondence and information into a compilation of some sort.
        Thanks for your attention and willingness to ask questions, Leslie. Much appreciated.

      • lesliepaints said,

        March 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

        I am totally beginning to sense that what has been done is a complete obliteration of their rights to not only the land but themselves. No matter what they did, they met with roadblocks.

      • March 26, 2010 at 9:54 pm

        I think your perspective is about ‘right’. It’s not easy becoming something you are NOT –or at least trying to in order to survive.
        I wonder what you will eventually paint based on your thoughts, Leslie. Hmm. might be brewing a while, but I look forward to whatever your process produces.

    • March 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      Oh yes, Leslie, citenship was an issue regarding ALL Native American wards of the government.

      • lesliepaints said,

        March 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm

        I should have thanked you this morning when I came by to view your answers. Thank-you for taking the time to answer them. It sounds as though the Native American gained little by acquiring their citizenship unless they were able to financially retain their land through their means of trade or farming, etc.

      • March 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

        Hi Leslie. And farming is such fun when the land is not suitable for it. As for ‘trades’–it was an issue that children sent away to be educated at places like Carisle in PA would return having learned some sort of trade–tailor, blacksmith etc–but there was NO place to do these trades on the reservations–no established businesses to hire the young people. And they did not have the funds to establish their own businesses. Might call this an exercise in shortsightedness in the extreme–or–something more sinister…

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