This amazing Oglala Lakota woman, Leatrice “Chick” Big Crow adopted me almost 30 years ago. She has helped guide me, supported me, supplied me with priceless knowledge, and has most importantly prayed for me and lifted me up. I am infinitely grateful for the love and strength.
I met Chick on my 1st trip to Pine Ridge in 1993. She fed me after I performed at Pine Ridge High School at a place that was inspired by her daughter SuAnne Big Crow.
From an article in the Huffington Post by Tim Giago, (the founder of the Lakota Times and Indian Country Today) he recalls about SuAnne:
“SuAnne Big Crow was furious after she watched an NBC broadcast about the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981. "They came here & showed all of the terrible things and did not bother to show any of the good things," she said.
Big Crow was a star basketball player, & a proud defender of her homelands. She was only 17 & she could not understand how a supposed sophisticated news network could be so negative & so wrong.
Big Crow died in an automobile accident before she even had a chance to live & to fight for her dreams. She envisioned a place where Lakota children could go, a place where they would be safe & happy. In fact, in her mind she called it "Happy Town." She was on her way to get a basketball award in eastern South Dakota w/ her mother when the car crash ended her life.
After her death her mother, "Chick" Big Crow, decided to make the dream of her daughter a reality. She contacted the corporate executives of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America & made them a pitch. They came out to Pine Ridge & made an assessment & granted Ms. Big Crow the first Boys and Girls Club franchise to be established on an Indian reservation. It was named the SuAnne Big Crow Boy's and Girl's Club after the girl who wanted a "Happy Town" for the children of the reservation.”
My first album was dedicated to SuAnne and through all these years her spirit & passion still inspires me.
Thank you Chick for all you have done for me, for your family, for Pine Ridge and for the Lakota people. I love you and appreciate you! 🙏🏽✊🏽
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