By Louise Oleson
Normally he’s in Mrs. Pavek’s class at Sweetwater Elementary School in Devils Lake but he’s heading to Washington DC later this week to perform for the second annual White House Tribal Nations Conference and President Barack Obama.
Street was selected for the honor by the National Congress of American Indians after they heard his singing on a You Tube video. He will be performing the Lakota Flag Song at the beginning of the opening ceremonies of the conference. It is equivalent to the National Anthem for the Lakota people.
“He is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, that was my father’s tribe. I am Spirit Lake, Dakota, and he is being raised here. The traditional way is part of who we are,” Merrick said.
For more on the subject, see Obama Plans 2nd Tribal Summit.
Conflict between the headline and the article.
Devils Lake being an older name, from a white assertion/assumption that all Native spirits/deities were demonic.
I can't help it if Devils Lake is associated with the Spirit Lake Reservation. It would be difficult if not impossible to change the town's name now.
Here's the name's origin:
The present site of Devils Lake was originally Sioux land and the original inhabitants were relocated to the Spirit Lake Reservation. The name "Devils Lake" is a calque of the Sioux phrase mni wak’áŋ (literally: spiritual water), which is also reflected in the names of the Spirit Lake Tribe and the nearby town of Minnewaukan.
I know, not your fault. I wasn't going to be like some and blame you for the content of an article and its headline.
But yes, town names can be changed.
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