Basketball, Saul, Mate Thunder Valley discussed on Out of the Blocks


Usually a lot of our medicine men. Don't start and tell their older in life forties fifties. But it was are elders asked me at young age to start young Saul. I was a twenty year old medicine, man. You know that was that was a challenge in itself. My name is Jerome drum lable. My mother is test pull your noble. My father's Lyle, dusty lable, they were told when I was still in the womb of my mother that I was going to be doing this. So I was real fortunate in growing up in different medicine men taking time to come see me and tell me, hey, this is what's coming. This. Is you need to prepare for. And there was a time where I was resistant because in high school, I was playing basketball. I was a first team all state. So I was at a crossroads because it was the time of when I was going to be ginning my role as medicine men per se, and then I had opportunity to go onto college in play. But I was advice from Allders stay because this was my true role. And it was it was. An easy decision. It was a har-. It was art because I guess this fish pardon me wanted to go on to play basketball. But I guess what how expanded decision along to was a tour. ACM CO two. So that how that helped my decision in staying home to begin as a young medicine men. So I started at twenty years old and on forty now, I'm young forty. But it seems like that I seen a lot did lot lost a logging. It's all I guess it's made me stronger too. Because there's people out there have been harder. This land down here that it's under valleys on was it was the sun answer. And it still is. It's one of our cherish ceremonies because in the ceremony full forty as we go without food in water, and we dance in the sun for four days straight. We're giving back. It's a renewal process in. I have heard some people say because there is young people, you know, under late teens that do this to almost like a right of passage, but the soul chill needs to our p we would notice me dance. It would be beautiful. We would hear people say I'm scared to go home. I'm scared to go back to what's out there because those same social problems existed. So we thought as spiritual leaders my friends who helped me we sat back in. What could we do more? What could we do more to help our people, and we decided to start this nonprofit? You know, we had wildlife ideas, what we wanted to do in some of those. I guess we weren't afraid to dream. We were afraid to dream, and I look out here. I see a vast amount of people in that been something that we were able to open this door in collaborate in work with all types of people to mate thunder valley. What it is. You know? And it's been a beautiful thing. It's been a beautiful journey. When I started here in twenty twelve this was an alpha field. There was just one red building here. And we had a a lot of hey, growing out back here. Now, we actually have a community growing here. This is Andrew cat iron shell. I am a community engagement coordinator for thunder rally. CDC? We're standing here at the thunder rally regenerative community development, which is located geographically about center on the Oglala Lakota nation here in South Dakota. Right in front of us. We have a demonstration farm, which is two point five acres has an organic garden. We also have a chicken coop with about five hundred chickens in there, which is part of our food sovereignty initiative and beyond the farm here. We have twenty one single family homes going some in construction and some are actually occupied now within the last couple months by family. So they have closed on her home loans and moved in. Right now, we can see seven completed homes and a quota sect that set up in a half's horseshoe typesetting. And that's traditionally the hierarchy of how we used to camp for it's very culturally appropriate. It doesn't have your your parallel streets. Like your average American apple pie. Community foot really is a reflection of what Lakota community should look like in twenty eighteen..

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