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Lakota Medicine Man David Swallow, Jr., will speak at First Central Congregational Church on September 22, 2013, at 2 pm. David will deliver a traditional Lakota spiritual message about the earth, humanity, and how we should be caring for each. Everyone is invited; there will be no charge to hear his message though free will donations will be accepted to help defray his expenses. David, whose Lakota name is Wowitan Uha Mani (Walks With Pride), participated and was injured in during the 1973 Wounded Knee II occupation, served as a policeman on the Pine Ridge Reservation for 10 years. After receiving a sacred vision, he quit his law position as Lieutenant and underwent many years of training and testing before being recognized by the spiritual Elders as a legitimate medicine bundle keeper, ceremony leader and Medicine Man. He continues his spiritual work today. In 1981, after 8 years as a Sundancer under Chief Frank Fools Crow, Swallow was instructed to start his own Sundance (as a branch of the Fools Crow Sundance). This Sundance still continues each year on his family land north of the community of Porcupine. In 1995, he was also appointed Head Man of the Wana Waygahe (Broken Bow) Band of the Tetunwan Lakota by Chief Leonard Crow Dog. He is a recognized authority on topics regarding Lakota language, traditions and culture. He has been was the spiritual founder of several non-profit organizations which have assisted his people. Further, Swallow is also the founder of NATRC, the Native American Tribal Rights Coalition, an organization dedicated to economic, political and community development, treaty rights, judiciary reform, cultural and language preservation, and various other issues on the reservation. Selected by the people and local chiefs, David Swallow is one of the traditional Shirt Wearers of today, whose life is wholly dedicated to the People. This is not a paid position.