I, Enos Poor Bear Jr. , am very proud to represent the Oglala Lakota Nation on this historical event.
For the past one hundred thirty three years, we the Lakota people have accomplished a battle in which our ancestors fought to preserve our land and culture and way of life . Every June 25 and 26 we honor those days.
When my father the late Enos Poor Bear Sr., worked to have the battle site name changed from Custer Battle Field to "The Little Bighorn National Monument it was after a hundred and thirty three years that this gave our Lakota, Nakota and Dakota the recognition we deserve.
Also the stories told in history portrayed in the battle were inaccurate, so now we can rewrite history in the Indian Memorial that has been put together in Montana.
As a son of my father, Enos Poor Bear Sr., I Enos Poor Bear Jr. have been doing the same to follow up on my father's great work. I am very, very, proud to represent the Oglala Lakota Nation on this historical event in which my father and ancestors have worked and fought to keep our great culture alive for the next generations to come.
During the time of our elders things were better for our Native Americans than they are today. The way that our elders made things better was through unity. Unity of purpose; unity of dedication; and unity of effort. When we look back over the pages of time, we observe that all major accomplishments of Native American people were brought about when unity was present. The major victory which our people enjoyed here on this very battlefield was the result of a unified effort among Indian people. Major progress among Indian people will come about only when there is unity of effort. The failures that we Indian people have experienced have come about when we were not united, and when divisiveness was the order of the day. If this Native American Memorial is to serve its total purpose, it must not only be a tribute to the dead; it must contain a message for the living. I earnestly suggest to you that power through unity would serve us well as an interpretative theme for this memorial.
Enos Poor Bear Sr.
Oglala Lakota elderPeace Through Unity