1776 was a pivotal year whose legacy continues to this day to shape the politics of the nation and the lives of its citizens.
I am writing, of course, about the Lakota Nation.
In that year of transformative events, the Lakotas, according to one traditional account, discovered the Black Hills and founded the modern Lakota Nation. (The Lakotas are the westernmost of the three Sioux political divisions.)
The significance of 1776 to both Lakota and U.S. history is a trenchant reminder that North …