Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights, because no one has the right to take another life. The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who can not provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity. –– Sitting Bull
Photojournalists Svetlana Bachevanova and Anthony Karen, along with writer KJ Wetherholt and filmmaker Pameral Theodotou have taken on a project, Warriors from the Reservation, “depict[ing] the warrior tradition among the Lakota Sioux of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the modern experience as Native American Veterans in American wars, including through to Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Following the warrior tradition of the Lakota people, they have countless times, served the US military in battle despite the unfair history of US treatment of Native Americans. Evidence has shown that additionally, American Indian Veterans have had the highest rate of PTSD of any ethnic group, compounded by the barriers they face for receiving care.
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