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We share in the suffering experienced throughout our nation in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra rejects racism in all its forms. We embrace the role each of us has to play toward ending racial injustice.

Music asks that we listen, carefully. In this moment, we must listen to the people who are hurting. We must listen to those who have been wronged by the systemic racism that afflicts our nation. Now is the time for us to work together to understand how we can live better, together.

We at the SDSO are steadfast in our continuing commitment to fostering inclusion and diversity. We truly believe in the healing power of music. In solidarity with this movement, we are adding Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s Victory Songs, commissioned for our Lakota Music Project, to our digital library of streamable music. As our Lakota and Dakota brothers and sisters have taught us, Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related).

When your eyes behold the Black Hills remember me if you can. 
A defender of my people and this land. 
Crazy Horse said this and went to the Spirit World. 

Hásapa kihaŋ he tohani wanlakapi
Ćanna he eča oyakihipika he
ičas miksuyapo he Tasuŋke Witko
he heyinna Iyayelo.