Warriors from the Rez: Defending their own land

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Pete Plenty Wounds, chief of the Lakota Red Feather Society holds a daily pipe and a fan from eagle feathers, symbols of social status. The Society has only 11 members because of the hard 10 step initiation the candidates must pass before becoming members. Pete Plenty Wounds revealed only the first step, a very painful piercing ceremony. Svetlana Bachevanova/The Stand