Empowering Native Communities, One Youth at a Time
Spirit of the Sun Monthly Newsletter
Spirit of the Sun’s mission is to work in partnership with Native communities in urban areas and on reservations to boost the resilience of Native people, especially youth and young adults.
Our vision is that the Native youth of today become the next generation of Native leaders, entrepreneurs, and skilled professionals who will help guide their communities toward wellness, prosperity, and cultural revitalization.
- Composting will reduce the methane emissions that otherwise are created through our current waste control methods.
-Follow the natural, given cycle of the way our earth deals with waste
- Saves you money, you no longer will have to buy soil for your garden!
I was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation during The Great Depression. I’m a Full Blooded Oglala Lakota and I speak my language fluently. I am proud of who I am. Life was and is very hard on the Rez. My mother had a small team of mules and a big John Deere Wagon had Horse and Cattle, goats, pigs, chickens and turkeys, and milk cows. They were my responsibilities. Milking her twice a day and taking care of the chickens too. My mother and aunts and grandmother taught me how to skin and butcher a cow, a lot of sewing and beading and cooking, and working in the garden (5 acres.) I would sell the vegetable and eggs were my jobs. My brothers had the easy job of hauling wood, taking care of the horses and cows. My mom had an iron fist. What we had to do we did every day. In the summer, we would have picked, buffalo berries, chokecherry, Juneberries and dug up wild turnips, I would can, dry meat, dry squash, dry chokecherries and make Wojapi. I still pick these today. I am asked to make Was-na, (briefly explain what that is).
I left the reservation when I was 21. I told my mother I wanted a better life for my kids. There were no jobs on the reservation. I went to Wyoming to work construction on Hwy 80 and then came to Colorado, I settled in the Denver metro area. I had children, I got a license as a cook, I would work everywhere, in between I sale star quilts. I worked at the Denver Indian Center and Adams County Jail at 4 winds. I retired at 69. I want to teach someone how to make star quilts, Shannon Francis is hired me to teach sewing. It is important to teach others how to make star quilts, this a dying part of my culture.