Today, Recovery Communities of South Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires. The tribal alliance, comprised of individual bands, of the Seven Council Fires is based on kinship, location and dialects: Santee-Dakota, Yankton-Nakota and Teton-Lakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Oceti Sakowin is innate to and imbued within this land. As a recovery community, we will continue to build upon and strive to honor our relations with the people of the First Nations; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe.
Learning to walk with our grief and trauma with health and wellness.
Grief and grief is an aspect of life. When we experienced prolonged grief and complex grief and compounded grief, putting one foot in front of the other and carrying on with day to day tasks can feel impossible and the light of possibility and hope seems to have been extinguished. Discovering, learning and developing healthy tools to walk with our grief and trauma is essential and can feel extraordinarily challenging. Here is some help for addressing grief and loss. Additionally, reaching out to elders, wisdom keepers, attending ceremonies speaking with trusted friends and seeking help is important. We do not walk alone through this process of recovery.
Historical trauma and generational or intergenerational trauma are not past experiences - the impacts of historical trauma has significant implications in our present day life. Learning about the challenges of historical trauma, intergenerational and generational trauma can be the beginning of our healing process in recovery.
Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs and Richard Two Dogs share information about the Lakota Worldview, describing the four stages of life recognized in the Lakota community and the ceremonies that accompany each stage. These ceremonies are believed to contribute to a balanced life from childhood through returning to the spirit world.
This is the first video in a two-part series that demonstrates what the journey is like when smooth and free from interruption.