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(Library of Congress/Alfred Waud)

The Lakota Sioux are a confederation of American Indians of the great plains of North America. In the 1730s, the Cheyenne introduced the Lakota to horses, and the Lakota became proficient buffalo hunters while developing a highly advanced horse culture.

My first exposure to Lakota culture was reading John G. Neihardt’s superb book “Black Elk Speaks when I was in high school. I haven’t thought much about the Lakota since then, but recent events have reminded me of a phrase often attributed to those accomplished Lakota horsemen: “If you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”

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