Lakota businesswoman shares thoughts on cultural awareness at economic summit

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 1:41 PM MDT
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The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Economic Development Summit wrapped up on Wednesday, and it's impact has reached many.

The three day summit ended with several talking sessions, including a discussion on cultural awareness with a local businesswoman.

Sonja Holy Eagle is the co-owner of Dakota Drum Company in downtown Rapid City.

She talked about how she started her business from a Lakota woman's perspective.

She says cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity go hand in hand, and that she tries her best to represent a positive image for her people.

Sonja Holy Eagle says, "We need to be positive about it. We're happy people. It's not all negative stuff. There's positive stuff, too. We have to earn a living. We have money. We're here. We're equal like everybody else."

Holy Eagle also says she promotes cultural awareness by supporting Lakota arts and crafts through her business.

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