Sunday, July 11, 2010
The local lake is named Devil's Lake. It is a misinterpretation of the local Sioux language and is actually called Spirit Lake by the Sioux. Unfortunately the lake is fed by a natural spring and has no natural drainage. In 1992 the waters started raising. Many roads are either under water or constantly being raised with dirt, many houses are underwater and thousands of acres of Indian land is now underwater. Once it is underwater is owned by the government. The elder I have been talking has a friend who used to be a cowboy. At one time he had a 1,600 acre ranch with over 100 horses. It is now completely underwater and he lives in a trailer on another reservation. Fishing has become more popular than ever before. I met Gandi today who is related to the elder I spend time with. He fishes with his brother and daughter to pass time on weekends. "Besides driving, this all we got around here."