LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) - Members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota have formally honored the late Lakota Chief Solomon Iron Nation, about a year and half after the federal government recognized him.
Iron Nation’s grave site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in February 2014. Tribal members on Sunday gathered to pray at the monument that was erected at the site in 1934, the Capital Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1HpYj29 ).
Iron Nation was born in 1815 and died in 1894. He is credited with signing three major treaties that promised peace in exchange for education and other benefits for the Lakota people as they made the transition to reservation life.
The inscription on Iron Nation’s grave marker ends with the phrase, “Children, Love One Another.”
Iron Nation’s grave is the only remaining site associated with the chief. His house burned down in Oacoma about 10 years ago, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society.
Sunday’s gathering was at Messiah Episcopal Church near Lower Brule, which Iron Nation attended for a few years near the end of his life, according to the Rev. Kim Fonder. Iron Nation became a member of the church after he decided to put to the test a pastor preaching about turning the other cheek, by striking the man to the ground. The preacher rose and offered his other cheek.
“That is how he ended up being a member of this congregation,” Fonder said. “He understood being traditional and being Christian, and how you could bring those two together.”
Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, https://www.capjournal.com
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