Whispers of the Lakota – Some inspirational poems by Native American school children at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota

Artwork by Lourry Legarde

Red Cloud Indian School is one of the largest privately funded indian schools in the United States, educating 600 students on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in a remote part of South Dakota since 1888.

Tell Me About Your Story

Tell me about your story

Was there blood, sweat or tears?

Maybe there was some glory 

Over your last 100 years

Within your homeland

Prisoners they were

A powerful people 

A powerful prayer

See the strength

Feel the pride

Run with nature 

Nothing to hide

A little more heartache, it will never last

Strong in their ways, set in their path

Walking in beauty, all the way

Walking in beauty, the natives say.

Brought them home, home to stay

This is our story

Of blood, sweat, and tears

No, there is no glory

But we will be here 

The next 100 years.

Lavelle, 10th grade

The Hero in Me

She smiles, she laughs, she hurts, she cries.

She holds it all deep inside

She lives, she flies, she soars

She dies.

She is the one I idolize

She loves, she gives, she cares,

She is

The one I know I will someday


A hero, a mother, a child, a soul, the woman inside of me.

Isabelle, 10th grade


People are like a waterfall.

Yeah they fall, everyone falls.

But it is your choice to keep on running or become a puddle.

If you keep on going on running

you’ll have a great journey.

Ohitika, 10th grade

My definition

Love is

the climax of my happiness,

and the pinnacle of my pain.

Love is

the fire in my heart

with an eternal flame.

Isabelle, 10th grade


I hate lies!

Lies that cause trouble.

When I look into your eyes,

I see those lies.

The lies that made me cry

Making me want to go and hide.

I can’t stop your lies.

I can’t even hide from prying eyes.

So what do I do?

I seek the truth.

I find comfort in the truth.

Sure the game is ruthless

But I have nothing less to lose.

Them lies, that just aint’t me,

because I know the truth will set me free!

Rilda, 9th grade

I don’t believe

I don’t believe in a missing voice,

Surely we all have something to say.

It can be a whisper,

Or a shout.

Rosie, 10th grade

Artwork by Marian Voicu

Source of images: Fineartamerica.com

About David and Lam

A smitten couple and loving parents in our early 40s. We have lived in 3 different countries together. We dream of living in a fourth country together after our children grow up. We love long walks in the woods, climbing mountains, boating, traveling, reading, and being together. Both David and Lam are old souls who love quietness and meaningful conversations in which we ponder the truth and mysteries of life as well as discuss philosophical and ethical matters. We especially like to enjoy the small pleasures of daily life.
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1 Response to Whispers of the Lakota – Some inspirational poems by Native American school children at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota

  1. Beverly White says:

    Amazing the inspiration & power that came over me!!!! The children the future, Look into Jesus’ eyes🙏🏽☝🏽You go Carlin /Red Road
    I here the wisdom of God in you!
    The children, my brothers & sisters of the future to God be the Glory🙏🏽☝🏽✝️☮️💞 much love ❤️ bev

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