VOICES OF THE LAND: Middle School Runners-Up Inspire

In addition to Middle School Grand Prize Winner Tayshon Long Soldier, a sixth grade student at the Little Wound Middle School, there were  six runners-up from the Middle School Category in Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s VOICES OF THE LAND Writing and Art Challenge.  The runners-up were:

  • Sadan Bettelyoun, Derek Broken Rope and Payton Sierra, from the Red Cloud School
  • Maria Janis and Hopecawin Janis, from the Little Wound Middle School
  • Kriana Running Hawk, from American Horse School

READ THEIR WORDS!

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Middle School Runners-Up Sadan Bettelyoun and Derek Broken Rope, from the Red Cloud School, with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams (left) and LCE Founder Maggie Dunne (right)

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Makhóče kin Únšikila

(Pity the Land) by Payton Sierra

Beautiful blankets of snow everywhere.

Sounds of children playing.

This land is so precious

like sparkling diamonds that are scattered from here-to-there.

Perfect silence. Love.

Beautiful winter sunset calling me home.

Telling me to keep moving. Telling me everything is beautiful in the end.

But our cover melts. I feel lied to.

Everything looks broken and ruined.

Summer heat brings my mind back to reality.

The beauty is gone,

now we’re back to the kids that don’t have anything but a diaper on.

Back to the summer parties and the trash

left on the ground, like an unwanted dog.

This trash devastates our land.

Oh how I wish our people cared.

I once envied the land’s beauty,

but now I pity our poverty.

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Let Us Know Peace

by Derek Broken Rope

 Let us know peace.

  For as long as the moon shall rise,

    For as long as the rivers shall flow,

 For as long as the sun shall shine,

     For as long as the grass shall grow,

  Let us know peace.

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My Land

by Sadan Bettelyoun

The land I live on is what I call home.

It’s where the deer and cougars roam.

When I go on long walks alone, I daydream

about how the buffalo used to roam.

And how my four fathers told stories to the young

child who sat there alone.

It made me wonder how beautiful this great land

was when the great white buffalo stood there all alone.

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Country LifeKriana_Julia WEB

by Kriana Running Hawk

No animals running in fields
No birds crossing by
Only the sound of the cold wind
and the falling snow.

 

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 The Call in the Wind

 by Maria Janis

The call in the wind as the prairie grass blows,

It blows to the badlands where nobody goes

Nobody … accept the call in the wind.

The call in the wind is a spirit,

a spirit of the land.

He’s in the trees, he’s in the ground, and he is in the air all around.

Watch, as the cold wind blows, as the long grass grows, as the sun set glows.

The call of the wind is land, he is environment and he is the smoke of the fiery red coals from the wood.

Earth speaks through some things, one I call … the call of the wind.

The call speaks to an elderly man about to go,

the call speaks to a wise man.

The call in the wind as the prairie grass blows.

it blew from inside the earth and nobody saw.

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Cry of the Land

by Hopecawin Janis

Sacred Black Hills – I hear your cryMaggie Hope WEB

The forests are getting smaller – please don’t die

 

Your air is getting polluted, I hear your cry

People don’t understand that it is your sky

 

They don’t know that you are still beyond their reach

That is still a lesson that we need to teach

 

We need to take action

Because you are not a tourist attraction

 

They carved big faces into your heart

And they didn’t ask if they could start

 

They think that they can sell you away

But you will always be here to stay

 

Sacred Black Hills I hear your cry

People are hurting you and I don’t know why

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© Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. 2014

 

 

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