Teachings About Past, Present and Future Governing Practices

Giving critical examination of the results from extreme extra-governmental
control over a people.

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U.S. Government Practices vs. Traditional Lakota Self-Government

Here we discuss two opposing forms of political functions for exercising control, protection, direction and actions over citizens in a society. As we study the fundamental differences between the two dissimilar governing bodies, to match one against the other, you will be able to determine for yourself why the end results of each example are so dramatically different. Our purpose is to demonstrate the reasons for which mankinds differing ways of developing and implementing order within human societies should be regularly evaluated in terms of whether they are, or are not, advantageous for all people of a community. After you have read through this information you should carefully consider for yourself which of the two governing models best serves and suits your needs.

First: Results from 240 years of United States Democracy

Our fist critical examination focuses on the results from extra-government control over American households because it has separated the “haves” from the “have nots”. Here, rulers rule through well laid out plans by the self-serving elected officials for wealth-getting. Through the means of their believed to be elitist positions, ego-driven leaders broker all of the power to themselves for their own personal benefit, while the broadest body of humble and less fortunate community members grow poorer and poorer with each passing year. As we can see for ourselves when we look at most neighborhoods today, the results from this kind of long lasting disenfranchised legislation produces the reverse of beneficial because it makes communities poor and the people greedy. Power, laws and revenues of state that are regularly ill-managed test many of the middle class and certainly poor people’s abilities to merely survive, let alone flourish. When government corruption becomes so endemic to include routine practices of patronage, graft, influence peddling, nepotism, bribery, extortion and embezzlement, it facilitates criminal enterprises in the community just to keep from being sucked under by the social tension of growing poverty.

Second: Traditional Lakota Self-Government Since Time Immemorial

Our second observation of legislative practices for human society will be to focus attention on the balanced order of “Pre-Reservation” traditional Lakota self-government. During the earlier times of this nations buffalo hunting days, as well as for today, life was not and still is not considered to be linear in the context of time, space, matter, and energy. Here, for the Lakota, it is understood that “Spiritual” and “Tangible” interpersonal teaching activities are necessary on a cyclical basis (generation to generation) for enacting and maintaining personal and tribal ethics and values. Lakota continuity and ideology revolves around a collective belief that everything co-exists and moves in a sacred circle of understanding through the guidance and consecration of “Wakan Tanka” (the Great Sacredness). The Lakota ideology is manifest through a continuity of related experiential teachings which reinforce “Indian Culture Building Lessons”.

From generation to generation, learned role behaviors and expectations that were appropriately transmitted through kinship systems interactions used to develop the kinds of socialization patterns which made this national identity what it once was… The Great Sioux Nation. Such continuous cycles of super-structural advantages were made possible because they came through the inclusion of all Sioux people from levels of praying, planning, teaching, and executing. These kinds of cyclical advantages, where everyone in a community pulled together offered the best potential for developing a heightened sense of awareness around Lakota experiential teaching and learning.

Lakota experiential teaching and learning, “Enhanced Indian Education” provides all people with valuable insights towards responsible strategies for social justice and governing practices which are of a Godly and sustainable nature. Shared governing practices which are just, because they are founded on natural order connects all people together. What is fundamental to this Lakota way is that balanced understandings where everything is related, and everyone has a story to teach based on cyclical recurring patterns of living, more than anything bolsters educational success. Net-working neighborhoods that are interested in maintaining and teaching cultural intellect through high-levels of community service and reinforced methods of teaching can join people to one another instead of pulling them apart.

Lakota leadership ability, best defined as “Self-sacrificing Councilors”, gained their heightened sense of awareness from being in the middle of a sacred circle of learning. To this day, this realm of understanding, Enhanced Indian Eduation, can still be found in between Mother Earth (maka), and Father Sky (mahpiya). This is where everything is tied together through a collective realization of where mankind fits into the bigger picture of global life. Lakota dynamics for societal rulings are decidedly based on an understanding that what is done today will return back around to either haunt or help future generations to come. This, more than anything, sets the stage for where all persons joined together in diverse harmony to cast their personal opinions and beliefs on public policy measures in the broadest sense.

Pre-Reservation self-governing practices that were once based on a natural order to all things emerged from the cosmos of Lakota world views. Governing leaders, who were recognized individuals by the people because of their responsible decision making abilities attained their respected Indian identity (possessing wisdom as well as knowledge) through their life-long involvement in community activities. By becoming a contributing part of the interlocking concentric kinship circles of affiliations that celebrated core values, traditional assumptions and spiritual beliefs, each community enriched their social environments through dedicated teaching and hard work. This way of life, along with it’s particularistic tribal leaders set the standards of Lakota expectations, which in turn maintained the wholeness of the group through enforcement of values. In earlier times, when a political leader of a neighborhood band camp no longer acted on behalf of all of the people, no one followed him anymore. It was just that simple.

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