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Red Paint

Red Paint, an Oglala Sioux warrior aged 18 in 1876, fought under Crazy Horse in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, in which he counted four coups, took two scalps and captured an army carbine and three cavalry horses.

To us certain colors have much significance � white, yellow, blue or black. But the most sacred of all was red. Our mother earth is red. My people are re. Wakan Tanka, the great spirit, God, gave us a red day with each new dawn.
Oglala, SD 1937

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