About The First Scout

A wet plate photo of me wearing my buffalo robe by Shane Balkowitsch. Looks like I just rolled out of bed.

Málakȟota (I Am Lakȟóta)
Haú mitákuyapi! Taŋyáŋ yahípi! Dakȟóta Tȟaté emáčiyapi. Čhaŋté Wakpá makȟóčhe el wathí. Íŋyaŋ Woslál Oyáŋke emátaŋhaŋ. Tȟaté na maȟpíya makȟóčhe he e čha el waútaŋhaŋ. Eháŋni leyápi, "Makȟóčhe Wašté le épelo," eyápi.

Greetings my friends and relatives! Welcome! My name is Dakota Wind. I live in Heart River country. I am from Standing Rock. I am from the land of sky and wind. A long time ago the people said, "This is the Beautiful Country!"

I am Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna (Yanktonai) on my father's side, and Húŋkphapȟa on my mother's side. I was born and raised in Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. I dance in the Men's Traditional at the wacipi (pow-wow). My Lakota name is Ozúye Núŋpa ("Two Wars"), for my lalá (grandfather) who was in WWII and Korea.

I'm working on my degree in history through North Dakota State University. 

About the logo...
I like the look and feel of pulp magazines. I used an Albert Bierstadt graphic, then constructed a logo, part sci-fi and part part old west magazine. Bierstadt's work has a graphic quality to it that lent it itself to use in creating this retro looking design. I also did a pictograph sketch of my profile for the insert. 

About the name of my blog...
I used to work at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. Its more than a state park, its also a state historic site. There were several cultural occupations of that site including Late Woodlands culture (from a 1000 years back), Mandan (1550-1781), Lewis & Clark (Oct. 20, 1804), and a US Military occupation (1872-1890) for which it is mostly known. 

There were more than a few natives who worked at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park long before me, but I was the first native to work on the military side of the park. It was an opportunity to talk about the 1863-1864 Punitive Campaigns, the battle site across the river from Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park (the Apple Creek Fight of 1864), the Little Heart Butte Fight (about fifteen miles south and west of the park), the 1875 Treaty of Fort Abraham Lincoln, the Battle of The Little Bighorn, the US Indian Scouts, and the fact that Fort Abraham Lincoln was also a prison camp for native prisoners during the Indian Wars. 

One day, an uncle of mine happened to visit the park and saw me working there. He exclaimed, "Tunwéya Tȟokáheya," which means, "The Scout Who Came From behind To Lead," when he saw me. I liked it and so I use it here. 

Tokšá akhé! Until next time!