Do you remember the Joni Mitchell song ‘Big Yellow Taxi’? “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got Till it is gone’. When the Europeans stole the Land from the Natives. It was all about, I ME, and MINE. To the Lakota, it was Heaven on Earth. The White MAN saw only an opportunity to capture land and resources to enrich themselves at the cost of the Natives, who saw Heaven disappear, and the land and trees and animals used for selfish reasons and purposes.
To the White Man’s shame, they did not know what they got, so they turned a Paradise into concrete, wooden, asphalt, and metal jungles, and in their pride, bragged about it. Only the Natives knew what they had lost!