In Lakota society, when one introduces ones self, you tell where we come from. Who are our people? The two founders of Oceti Wakan are my father, Pete S Catches Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani) a 37th generation Lakota medicine man and myself, Peter V. Catches (Zintkala Oyate) a 38th generation. To be a medicine man in Lakota society has to be in the DNA. We are both Oglala Lakota. This is how far that we know back, but our people come from this land if you look at our creation stories for thousands of years. We come from good people; as Lakota, I think we can say, we all do.

ABOUT Oceti Wakan

Oceti Wakan is a non profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Oceti Wakan, P O Box 1958  
Pine Ridge, SD 57770  (Email :





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