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Standingbear 10: Venting the Inner Savage

The first half of Eugene Standingbear’s life could be split up into 10-year periods: 1906-16 – Growing up on the reservation, learning Lakota traditions, watching intertribal tensions grudgingly melt, and feeling the relentless pressure of white civilization. 1916-26 –Attending Indian … Continue reading

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Standingbear 9: Honky-Tonk, Rodeos, and College Sports

This article is about Eugene Standingbear’s late teens. . Honky-Tonk Drummer It was the Roaring 20s, and big cities were letting off steam with jazz, flappers, the Charleston, and bathtub gin, while out west in the Dakotas it was honky-tonk, … Continue reading

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Standingbear 8: Scars—the Burial of Chief American Horse

Before the white man’s influence changed things, six virtues of manhood were taught to Lakota boys and shaped the noble character of the tribe, according to Ohiye S’a (Always Wins), later named Charles Alexander Eastman: Silence and patience, Love and friendship, Reverence … Continue reading

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Standingbear 7: Indian Schools

Laura (Cloud Shield-Standing Bear) Levering and her new husband Levi Levering had both attended Carlisle, where strict discipline and a “kill the Indian but preserve the man” philosophy had converted many young, traditional Native Americans into Christian Americans. The couple … Continue reading

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Standingbear 6: Life Among the OmAha

Until age 8, Eugene Standing Bear stayed with the family of his Uncle White Bull on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota while his mom Laura was busy on- and off-reservation. At Pine Ridge he learned a lot about … Continue reading

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Standingbear 5: Growing Up on the Rez

(Among the adjustments the Native Americans had to make in the 19th and early 20th Centuries were clocks and calendars. It was part of their culture to move with the flow of life in North America, oblivious to dates and … Continue reading

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Standingbear 4: A Strange, New World

Native Americans had gone through a complete makeover by the time Eugene Standing Bear was born in 1906. In the old days, skirmishes were common across the Great Plains as one clan stole from another, launched surprise attacks, pushed the … Continue reading

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