All posts by Rose Kern

I am enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. I have been working here at Prairie Edge since 1989. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work with so many talented artists and crafts people.

As we move pass the height of the summer solstice, we are welcoming our sisters and brothers who come for the Sundance. A ritual that is steeped in Native American belief, used to heal the People, the Earth and to ask for guidance from our dearly departed ancestors.

The sacrifices made and the prayers said are not for the light hearted. You cannot just get up one day and decide that day is for you to Sundance, you must prepare, you must be in a good place to make the circle strong, you must be guided through the process by an acknowledged leader.

We appreciate the relatives who come and do this for all of us. We do what we can to help continue that good feeling from an event that is part of your most inter-personal spiritual beliefs. We support the family by carrying botanicals that are harvested the right way such as sage, a sacred herb that is critical to the ceremony. The cloth that is necessary for prayers, sweet grass to attract the good spirits and even gifts that anyone would be glad to give or receive. We have music albums available with the words in Lakota.

There was a time when this particular part of the Plains Indians life was outlawed. It was deemed a satanic ritual or a not sanctioned part of Christian beliefs. Even though it was outlawed, the People still continued to dance and sacrifice, they would not be deterred by the fears of ignorance. Then one day, an act of Congress made it okay to once again practice the historical ways of the People. 1978, the Religious Freedom Act was passed by Congress. This act preserved the rights of indigenous people and their religious beliefs. With or without the permission of the federal government, the People will dance until there is a healing.

Thank you to the Sundancers and their families for the prayers.

Things really heat up on the Prairie during July, if we don’t get enough rain, crops will burn, too much rain and crops will suffer as well. Even the folks who raise livestock are dependent on the environment. We are dependent on each other to survive all natural disasters, and hopefully we’ve learned our lessons from history and do not create hardships for each other.

July 14, 1815:

Chief Black Buffalo, Brule’ Teton Sioux dies and is given a full military burial. Chief Black Buffalo was instrumental in preventing a bloody fight between the Lewis & Clark expedition and the Teton Sioux. The two groups parted company without any violence.

July 4, 1827: The Cherokees adopt a national constitution completing a decade of political development. Modeled after the United States Constitution, with three branches of government and an abbreviated bill of rights, the Cherokee constitution furthers the transfer of Cherokee political power from the villages to a national government.

July 4, 1838: Chief Black Hawk, a Native American war leader of the Sauk Indian Tribe gave a farewell speech at Old Settlers Park in Fort Madison, Iowa.
~From the publication, Indian Country Today

July 3, 1863: After the end of the Santee Sioux Uprising, Little Crow leaves the area. Eventually he returns to steal horses and supplies so that he and his followers can survive. On this day, near Hutchinson, Minnesota, Little Crow and his son stop to pick some berries. Minnesota has recently enacted a law which pays a bounty of $25.00 for every Sioux scalp. Some settlers see Little Crow and they open fire, Little Crow is mortally wounded. His killer would get a bonus bounty of $500.00. Little Crow’s scalp would go on public display in St. Paul. Little Crow’s son, Wowinapa, escapes but is later captured in Dakota Territory.

July 1865: General Patrick Conner organizes 3 columns of soldiers to begin an invasion of the Powder River Basin, his orders were to attack and kill every male Indian over twelve years of age from the Black Hills to the Big Horn Mountains. Wagon trains begin to cross the basin on their way to Montana and gold.

July 1866: Colonel Carrington begins to build Ft. Phil Kearny, he makes his plan on the best hunting grounds of the Plains Indians. The Cheyenne scouts decide that the camp is too strong to attack on their own. They form an alliance with other Plains tribes and begin to harass any soldiers leaving or going to the Fort.

July 19, 1881: Sitting Bull and 186 of his remaining followers surrender at Fort Buford, North Dakota. He is sent to Fort Randall, South Dakota for two years as a prisoner of war instead of being pardoned, as promised.

July 16 1887: On July 16, 1887, J.D.C. Atkins, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, wrote in his annual report that English would be the exclusive language used at all Indian schools. He argued that native languages were not only of no use, but were detrimental to the education and civilization of Indians.

July 9, 1981: The Lakota Times is first published.

From Sioux Trading Post:

This crew has worked hard to bring the best botanicals and craft supplies for all your needs and here is their message,

Greeting from the Sioux Trading Post!

Our sale for the Month of June is Rhinestone banding at 20% off.

Rhinestone banding is beautiful when used on any crafting project or sewing project they add a perfect sparkle! Online we have the one color of the Rhinestone banding “Crystal Iris” and in the store there is a variety of colors and two sizes of the Rhinestone banding. As always you can call the store and we would be happy to help you if you are interested in any of the banding. 1 800 456 3394

June is known as “The Moon when Turnips are in Blossom.”

Come shop with us and Happy June!


From the Book & Music Store:

Greetings and salutations from the Bookstore!

It’s the 142nd Anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass or as it’s commonly known, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876. We have an interesting book that sheds new insight to commemorate the epic event. It’s called “Why Custer Was Never Warned: The Forgotten Story of the True Genesis of America’s Iconic Military Disaster, Custer’s Last Stand” by Phillip Thomas Tucker.

In addition, we would also like to share that it’s the 44th Anniversary of the International Indian Treaty Council. The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) was founded in June 1974 at a gathering on the Standing Rock Reservation right here in South Dakota!

It was attended by more than 5000 representatives from approximately 98 Indigenous nations. Moreover, since its founding, the IITC has brought a variety of Indigenous people together to share information, and develop strategies to defend and uphold their rights when it comes to treaties, food, sovereignty, environmental health, and justice.  To commemorate, there will be an International Treaty Conference at Mato Paha (Bear Butte), South Dakota in conjunction with the Rosebud Bear Butte Lodge from June 21st to 24th!


From the Fine Art Gallery:

This month’s featured artist in the Fine Art Gallery is JoAnne Bird. JoAnne is a well-known South Dakota, Native American artist whose art we have carried in Prairie Edge for many years.

Since 1968, JoAnne Bird’s artwork has been evolving into what she considers to be Impressionism. Her current style of work is created through a controlled use of paint throwing and the use of a pallet knife, a technique that has earned her much success and popularity.

JoAnne’s paintings depict her Native American spiritual heritage, which is drawn from the earliest known legends of Native Americans. She feels her paintings bring out the old in a modern way.

JoAnne, a member of the Dakota Sioux Tribe, was raised on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation in eastern South Dakota. In addition to her art, JoAnne, her husband and their three daughters perform contemporary yet traditional Native American music in an attempt to preserve the Indian culture.

We’ve recently received several new original paintings of hers and a variety of prints as well. Please check out her section of our website and call or email with any questions.



From the Native American Gallery:

It was during this month in 1876 that the Battle of Little Big Horn took place in southern Montana. Also known as the “Battle of Greasy Grass”, it was the greatest military victory for the Lakota and Cheyenne tribes against the U.S. Army. Among the many Native American military leaders who took part in the fighting, one stands out, Crazy Horse.  As a Lakota “Headman,” he was responsible for leading his contingent of warriors into battle.

Crazy Horses’ medicine or “power” was revealed to him as a young man during a vision quest. This “power” was represented as hail and lightning. He then painted the image of his vision onto his shield. In this artist’s rendition of Crazy Horses’ shield, the bolt of lightning in the center represents speed and quickness, the circles represent hail, like hail in a storm, he is overwhelming.


From Prairie Edge Trading:

With Summer finally here we are filled to the brim with something for everyone!

We have so many new and fresh items to decorate your yard and outdoor living space. We are ready for Fathers day with only the best Guy gifts! We have unique grill tools, puzzles, games, Filson and Pendleton clothing and accessories and of course knives. Find the unexpected.

Hello everyone.

We are excited for the growing season. So far, we’ve had a good amount of rain and the sun is heating things up. Flowers are blooming and that means fruit for those folks who like to pick Wild Plums, Choke Cherries or Tinpsila.

I’ve seen some posts of folks who are on the hunt for Tinpsila, this ancient plant has sustained indigenous people for centuries and continues to thrive all across the Great Plains.

Sage is another very important botanical, it is the cleansing plant that prepares you for your most inter-personal spiritual needs. This year should bring another great crop.

Sweetgrass, once prevalent to our area, is still available in areas around the northern regions of North America. We purchase our sweetgrass from the same Cree family, at least four decades worth of business, and they have seen a lot of changes to their crops. As the climate changes so does the grass, it reflects the stress of drought, without the proper amount of rain and sunshine it struggles to mature enough to be harvested. Each year we also bring in sweetgrass starters for folks who would like to grow their own. With a little care and a watchful eye, this plant will thrive in a pot or your yard.

We were lucky this winter, some of the local Lakota wild crafters were able to harvest Red Willow. Red Willow can only be harvested in the winter so the conditions are harsh, and for us the inner bark is what is needed and that is a very labor intensive chore to remove and process. Thank you to the people who help provide another important botanical.

There are many more plants and each one fulfills a need, both physical and spiritual. Remember to be a good wild crafter, never pull your plants but cut instead so the roots remain in the ground. Always offer something to the earth, each culture or family teaches a different offering and it never hurts to appreciate and thank the land that provides. Last, be aware of the environments needs, over harvesting causes damage that can take years to heal.

Have a great summer and happy growing and harvesting.

Hello everyone!

We are excited to announce our big change for 2018, we are merging our two web-sites, and We are trying to stream line the ordering experience from our web-sites, so by combining them we can offer a one stop shop, one shipping price and a way to fulfill all your needs. Prairie Edge and the Sioux Trading Post are housed in the same building in Rapid City, South Dakota, so why not one web-site? It seems so logical.

Of course, we are still always available by phone, e-mail, Facebook message, and even fax! There is no shortage of ways to get a hold of us if you ever have a question or if you are in need of assistance.

Our new web-site will still offer the same great quality products such as South Dakota Sage, red willow bark, plain bull buffalo skulls, premium buffalo robes, art by local Lakota artists and regional artists and more. The new site also gives us the opportunity to add fun clothing and home decor, items that we carry in-house but have never featured on our web-sites.

On the new site, these two logo’s will be prominent, so folks will know they are still shopping our great selection. Together, they create one great site!

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