As we cross the Digital Divide in 2003, we follow our youth,
who have laid down a log for us.

Arriving in this realm at this time, as Grass Roots Oyate
it is imperative that
we correct the
worlds' perception of us
by re-presenting our selves.

Having been given the access and tools by our youth,
we are here now to achieve that.


(Mass grave marker that contains names of victims of 1890 massacre)


Stake Claim to Wounded Knee

Therefore: Given the memory and honor of all those who've died here in 1890,
as well as 1973,
and given our inheritance of that legacy, as lifelong residents,
survivors descendants and landowners, we stake Lakota claim to the name and use
of the name, "Wounded Knee" and our home, "Cankpe Opi Tiyospaye"!


(Old Catholic Church at Wounded Knee)


The purpose for the CANKPE OPI TIYOSPAYE initiative is as follows:

1. Promote safe, healthful, and culturally-strong environments for our children, cultural awareness.
2. Promote a positive sense of our heritage our traditional lakota values.
3. Promote the spiritual strength of our children. The lakota way of life.
4. To promote cultural, social, educational and spiritual activities and projects in our community.


(Illustration by Bernadette Hollow Horn)


Cankpe Opi Tiyospaye Oyate
(Wounded Knee Community People)


"Since Feb. 27 1973 the Wounded Knee Community seems to be divided into several opposing factions.
As in other communites shackled by poverty resources and funds are very scarce, and times are hard.
When there is anything that does come into our district. Our community gets left out. Some outside people come to our community and are shocked to see that absolute despair and severe poverty still exists in the Pine Ridge Reservation."

Listen To The Cankpe Opi Tiyospaye Online!

Native America Calling
PROGRAMS OF 2003 - February

Tuesday, February 25 - Wounded Knee: 30 Years of Aftermath:

The occupation of Wounded Knee in February 1973 by members of the American Indian Movement vaulted many of its members into the national spotlight, and consequently, they used the notoriety to launch successful personal careers in music, books, movies, on the speaking circuit, and to start their own organizations. But what about the people who had to continue living in this tiny village in South Dakota? Were they unwilling occupants and do they deserve reparation for the damages they suffered? And do those who profited from Wounded Knee II have a responsibility to give back to the community? Guests include lifelong residents of Wounded Knee.

Hear The Cankpe Opi Tiyospaye!

Click on the link directly above to hear a short radio report (6 min.s 45 sec.s)
on the Story at Wounded Knee 30 Years after the occupation!

Check Out the Independent Native News report of Friday March 7, 2003 about Cankpe Opi Tiyospaye!

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