Lakota Woman Warrior
By: Brenda White Bull
These historical battles my family has faced, are but a few. Most recently, together we face another battle, called Breast Cancer. My mother was diagnosed in 2009. Sadly, on March 30, 2015, we lost her, our matriarch, during her second bout to this unforgiving disease. Rest in Peace Mom, I love you and I miss you so much. It already seems like an eternity, since you took your journey into the Spirit World, but I know you are no longer suffering. Tok’sa A’ke (see you again). My sister, an Army Veteran, also has been diagnosed in October of 2014. She said, ‘If I had not performed my monthly breast self-exams, I may not be here today.’ When one family member goes through these battles, they do not face them alone; we all go through it with them. Seeing them fight and ‘absolutely’ never giving up, gives me hope and strength, to use my moment captured here in this photo, as a platform to bring awareness, prevention and self-education to Breast Cancer.
Combining the military uniform with my traditional regalia exhibits Warrior Pride. Two lifestyles brought together, each carrying richness in their unique tradition and culture. I proudly wear my uniform in honor of those past and present, for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice-you will not be forgotten, and for all my brothers and sisters who continue their honorable service. My prayers and dance are for you. I will continue to ‘Forward March,’ by serving our people. For these battles that were fought, were not fought in vain.
Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Semper Fidelis.
Philamiyaye (Thank You) and Mitakuye Oyasin (We Are All Related).” –
Brenda White Bull