We Walk Side by Side

Jesse Taken Alive-Rencountre

Norma Rendon • Waciampi Win

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation | South Dakota

Meet Norma Rendon (Oglala Lakota) and Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre (Hunkpapa Lakota). The pair emphasize that the connection Indigenous women have to the Earth is something to be celebrated and cherished. In recognizing the power Indigenous women hold, Norma and Jessie are developing a community garden and are building access to traditional teachings of the seven life stages of both a seed and a human life. “Indigenous women… we never walk behind anybody. Our life partners, we walk side by side with each other. One isn’t in front of the other, one isn’t above the other.” – Norma Rendon


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