Richard Iron Cloud is an Oglala Lakota man I met in Pine Ridge a couple of days ago. We were there to learn about the Tribes public health training needs, and Richard agreed to meet with us. In our brief conversation he taught me a valuable concept, which I want to share here in this blog.
Richard is a swimmer. In 2003 he and Armando Black Bear became the first Lakota men to swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shore. He has since led others from the Pine Ridge Reservation to accomplish this same feat. In the training for these swims, he teac