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We Don’t Hear Enough From Native American Voices. Here’s An Inspiring Message From One.

The Oglala Lakota live on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, near the Black Hills. The area has a pretty tragic history of violence, broken treaties, and culture clashes, beginning in 1874, when prospectors discovered gold in the Black Hills and the U.S. government seized the land previously guaranteed to the tribe. Today, what little we hear about the reservation is usually about the poverty, violence, and alcoholism. While that does exist, that is just one story of many. I wish we heard more stories like this, about the beauty of the land and the spirituality and strength of the people.

We Don’t Hear Enough From Native American Voices. Here’s An Inspiring Message From One.

Veteran Chicago radio personality "Ramblin' Ray" Stevens was driving in his car two weeks ago when he passed Braxton Mayes, 20, several times.

"I was on my way home from work Friday and saw a young man walking down Kirk Road," Stevens later recalled. "I dropped my friend off at the studio I work out of and headed home. This young man was still walking. So I drove around the block and asked him if he needed a ride."

"In our town, we help people out," Stevens said.

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