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For those who are wondering how to talk an indigenous language, there's a program that on the Lake Traverse Reservation, SD, the Sisseton-Wahpeton College ( is collaborating with the Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD, USA that will teach you how to speak the Dakotah Language.

I feel that the programming that PBS has had is nina waste ye! That's "very good" in Dakota. I feel that the rest of the world needs to know what happened to all American Indian people in the last 200+ years. They also need to know how they lived off the land and how they survived. My heart goes out and to help the children of today & tomorrow learn their anscestral ways and language. If we don't do it now, it will be gone forever!

Mark S Graybeal
Mesa Az
i thirst for spiritual knowledge, im aprox 1/4 Souix, 1/2 in native spirit. Me and my mom studied at Black Hills State in So.Dakota. Ruth Hunsinger taught 'Lakota oral lit' i called indian legaends like greek etc. ive learned alot and continue to do so. my part story for 1 to study, my papy, J ferd Graybeal got from a rancher in southern hills as he tried to get ma a horse for chep, but old man kept syin," ya cant have that 1, its educated. well finaly after long story it comes out that this horse rode da kids to school for years. The subtly now lost on joke. old Indian had a gud sens of humor i tell of often.? has any one herd it more? please say to me if so.......Pylamiya, Salamit, Danka etcetc.

Elizabeth Lampert
Gloucester Point, Virginia
Greetings. My name is Elizabeth Lampert and I have always enjoyed learning about Native American artwork, history, and culture. I have some Pamunky Indian( Powhatan nation)in my blood, but it became somewhat watered down by the time it reached me. However, I am still passionately proud of having even a little native blood and have felt strongly connected to Gloucester since I moved there. My relatives who originally had the red blood flowing through their veins where from up in Gloucester and some of our relations still live there today. We have not met any, though, and nothing would please me more than to one day run into my kinfolk and discuss the tribal piece of my past. So eventhough I do not have much red in me, I still feel connected to this beautiful new land that I now call home, that perhaps slowly, but surely means to connect me to the heritage of my ancestors.

I think it is experiences like this that can, in small ways reshape and color our lives. I have always admired the strength of tribal peoples all over the world, and being up here makes me want to discover even more about the native roots of the my ancestral tribe and tribes all across America. And, every day, I do my best to honor and respect the earth, always eager to learn about new ways to conserve resources and improve the quality of the land. I do not use as much technology as some people, and relish the chance to do something by hand, which I believe can help the earth.

I believe everyone has a story, a story that comes from the heart, not from a machine or from high marks made in a school.

For me, nature and family are the greatest inspiration of all.

Thank you for listening.

Randi Haley
I am a member of a Intertribal Association of Indigenous People in Oklahoma. We have created The Buffalo Reserve Charitable Trust in order to purchase back Indian lands, bring back the native diet and preserve what is left of our languages and cultural traditions.

This summer, we are sponsoring a youth camp for children in the Caddo Nation. At this camp, the children will learn the language, songs, dances and other traditions of thier ancestors.

We have acquired our first land preserve and are beginning construction on a holding facility for Buffalo as well as three seperate ceremonial grounds for Indigenous people.

check us out at

alison crofts
telford england
I teach children aged 7-11years in England. They learn about other cultures and one way we do this is by sharing stories and poems from other cultures. I was delighted to find your site, one of the stories we will now share is Tchins Snow Rabbit and they will be able to use the computer to hear him tell it in his way. I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn something of your people, I know my class will gain from the experience by having greater understanding of other people. I wish we could get your TV channel, I will check out your books and videos aswell as using your site. Many thanks. Alison.

Alexis Thomas
Horton, Kansas
I just want to say I'm reallly glad that pbs is posting things about Native American on their website. It actually tells Native American and others you do care Native Americans Heritage and other things about Native Americans.Also one more thing I liked to say is thanks for playing "Skinwalkers". I really enjoyed watching it. I would like to watch again if it was possible. Its somewhat like my tribe but we don't call them skinwalkers. Again thanks for doing what you do.

Adam G
I was born in ohio and i once went to a camp. this camp I think it was along the lines of Mohiccan. there i learned how to build shelter connue and bow and arrow. since that day i have been interested in the native american culture. Native Americans have been living here so much longer then say me or my family. learning about the hardships they have been through when i learn about it in history, it makes me feel like america is not my land it belonged to them first. i really enjoy this site thaNK YOU

hey i just want to thank all the people at pbs because with you all of the people interested in learning can learna bout things they never thought they could from native americans to programs about dogs and cats i am very proud of having native american in my blood i recieved it from my father i am about 40% black foot and he was 95% i think the way the native americans did things was amazing from using every part of the buffalo to learning how to grow and farm their own corn.thanks for all your inspiration. cassandra

theresa whittemore
van nuys, ca

Trinidad, West Indies
i am not an indian, nor do i have indian ancestors, but i have always had an interest in the Native Americans way of life, their stories and tradition. I have seen many films portraying native americans as peaceful, family oriented, earthy people and i know one of the reasons i am attracted to their idea of life is because i am searching for my own peace within.I would love to be able to attempt to learn one or two of the many dialects, and have the opportunity of chatting and writing to someone who can enlighten me on traaditions etc.

when i stared high school in heart butte. it was vaer heard for me, be because every one was so judge me. no howi did things in school. there were time when i got in to fights. there were time when i hads to fight because they whound not leve me my life in school at heart butte was not good for me. know thta's is my last yaer in high school. i think of all the time when i was having fun with my friends. know they will go to college. but the one frieds that is still going to be in school. will make new friends. i hope that college will be more fun than my high school years. i real want ot go to college and made some of my life.thats me dreams id to go out there and get become a i can help that sick and the olders.

I grew up on a hundred acre farm at the mouth of a hollow in Middle Tennesseee. I think about twenty or so acres were level, the rest were nearly straight uphill. It didn't matter though ~ that land was my first true love.

I couldn't wait to get home from school everyday so I could get out into the woods. It was probably an interesting sight ~ this kid walking to the woods, followed by an assortment of felines and sometimes a dog or two.

There were alot of stories in that land, including the ones about my grandfather watering his mules in the all weather spring halfway up the hill; the pawpaw tree that stood in a jumble of fallen rocks that looked like faery mound and the faeries ought to come bursting out of it at any second. There is the story of how I found my own 'special spot' by following a bird in the sky. There are the stories about gathering the hickory nuts and black walnuts so my grandmother could make pies as well as the yearly blackberry feast. (I always was a sucker for blackberries.) There are also the stories of my singing to the trees and never really wanting to go home.

Yeah. As I said, that land was my first true love. I've never felt closer to the harmony of all things than in those hills.

Being in the field of Education. Today, we are moving faster within our lives that even our children are influenced. As parents, our job is to support them, meaning to do things with them, being involved. By this we will survive by our beliefs to teach and practice to walk our talk.

Ally Krebs
Sault Ste. Marie Michigan
I am inspired by your website and plan to tell everyone I know about it. I work with the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Youth Education and Activities Program and will use this site with our youth. I am surprised however to see that you left the Upper Pennisula of Michigan off your map of place names. You seem to be lost in the 1960's before the Mackinaw Bridge was built. My own program services 4000 of our tribal youth from 3 to 19 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Many of our English place names are from our own Anishnabemowin. Our program has created a concept map which guides our activities. The northern direction months of December, January and February are devoted to storytelling and our oral tradtion. For in our tradition the stories are only to be told when the snow is on the ground. I look forward to sharing your site with our youth and with the educators in the schools they attend. I do hope however that you see fit to include us on your map in the future. Migwetch.

Barbara Richardson
Toledo, OH
I am so grateful to have lived on the same path that my ancestors traveled to escape slavery. I was surrounded by the hills of Ironton in southern Ohio, which is on the Ohio River. Water represents life. It is, therefore, rivers and lakes that provided escape routes. I can only imagine the struggles of Eliza Harris who jumped into the freezing Ohio River with her baby to swim for freedom. Also it is Lake Erie, where I now live, where so many slaves escaped into Canada. It is indeed an honor to live along the same river, to walk upon the same ground where so many abolitionists and slaves have died in the past so freedom can be enjoyed today.

i to am part indian, but i think to others maybe it is harder to except that in one's life even if they are best friends. theis program is truly inspiring to me. indians are truly respectful people thank you

Western Apache is alive and doing well for those over 40, but speaking Apache is declining rapidly. The San Carlos Apaches do not realize the dangers of losing the language entirely with in the next 20 years as speakers began to fade away and children forget to speak, listen and think in Apache.

indians are the greatest people because every body picks on them and that's not nice

Stella Long  
Oklahoma City, OK
As a little Choctaw girl living in the woods, the animals and birds were my friends. I spoke to them in the language and knew they understood me. I sat on a large rock, my favorite spot in the mountain and felt blessed to have this privilege to be among these creatures.

Darkness came and the night musicians, the insects began tuning up their instruments. Soon their music was heard throughout the mountain.

The night birds began their calls, reminding me that I am a day creature and it was time for me to go home for the night. I am sad that the place I once called sacred place has been cleared of trees and now only spots of trees are left. What will become of my animal friends?