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Dances With Wolves- Lakota Sioux

Dances With Wolves, an academe award-winning movie, is about a solder that is united with a Sioux tribe. This movie however does not go into much detail about the Sioux tribes life. The Tribe has a very orderly system within its government, how their women are incorporated within the daily tribes duties, and how the tribes uses its land and its surroundings.
As stated above, the Sioux tribe has a very stable government system. The tribe believes in the separation of power within the group, almost comparable to how the United States is ran on the checks and balances system. The tribe even has an attorney general who provides the enforcement of the codes of ethics, codes of the land, and the codes of commerce. If there is an appeal to the codes or anything to that nature, then they can appeal it to the Supreme Court level group. At the head or center of the tribe are the Board Members. The members are usually the elders of the tribe and are chosen by their wisdom, integrity, and knowledge of their culture. This is seen in the movie when Kevin Costners character isfirst taken to the tribe and he gets to be in the meeting. Women can also be involved in the government system, though it was not shown very good in the film.
The women in the tribe are not excluded form the government as like it has been in the western civilizations. The main reason that women are involved in decision-making is
because the tribe believes that input of all views are necessary for the stability of the tribe. Some of the jobs that women held or could do within the government were being able to choose or fire a chief and they also helped negotiate treaties. In some rare cases, women could even be chief. At the very lest, women could influence their husbands. Which was commonly done. This was portrayed in the movie when the wife asked the husband if their "daughter" was done mourning.
The Sioux also had many uses with the land. As showed in

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