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What Makes Stacey Red Horse A Native Superhero?

Posted By PowWows.com August 30th, 2015 Last Updated on: January 20th, 2016

“I come from a long line of strong Lakota Warriors,” Stacey Red Horse muses.  “I am a descendant of Chief Red Horse who fought along side Chief Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Big Horn,” he continues. Warrior Spirit shows in his own life as a Veteran, BodyBuilder and Entrepreneur. Powwows.com learns from this proud Lakota and discovers what it means to be a Native Superhero!

Native Superhero...Lakota Warrior!

Native Superhero…Lakota Warrior!

 

Veteran and Family Man!

Veteran and Family Man!

DK:A real Native Superhero! That's how I see you now…but was it always that way?

SR: Wow! Thank you for that uplifting compliment! My life has had a lot of ups and downs ever since I can remember, so it hasn't always been that way.

DK: Tell us how your journey started?

SR: Like I previously stated, my life has had a lot of ups and downs. I had to go through a lot to be the strong individual I am today. At the age of 3 I lost my father to a horrible car accident. It was tough on my family but, that was just the beginning for me.

DK: Oh, I am so sorry for your loss! How did you overcome such a terrible grief?

SR: I played just about every sport that I could get into from elementary school all the way up through high school. Shortly after high school I joined the military,which I found rewarding yet very lonely. As I had time to reflect on so much during my time away. Thus began my battle with alcoholism. After serving my country I came home to find that I was still struggling with the demons that I had hoped I left behind.

DK:Thank you for your military service!

SR: Thank you Ma'am! That really means a lot!

DK: What drew you to the Military?

SR: I come from a long line of strong Lakota Warriors. I am a descendant of Chief Red Horse who fought along side Chief Sitting Bull in the Battle of Little Big Horn. My Grandfather fought in the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. My Step-Father is a Marine who fought in the Vietnam War.
I also have other family members who have served and did their duty as well.

DK: Wonderful! What Warrior Wisdom did you learn from your time in the service?
As a Native Warrior, we fight not only for ourselves but for our Native People. We represent who we are just like our Grandfathers did before us.

DK: Looking back on your time in the service, what's the biggest change you see in your life because of your service? Why? How so?

SR: I've become more aware of the warrior I was meant to be. Only this time I am fighting a war against outer influences (i.e. drugs, alcohol, suicide) that seek to destroy my people beginning in their youth. My time in service helped me to understand how diligent I must be in this battle. It will take the same commitment, loyalty, dedication, honesty and passion that I invested in my military service then,my family now and this battle at hand.

DK: Why are you so passionate about sobriety?

SR: After a near death experience due to my alcoholism.I'd finally had enough. And today I can proudly and thankfully say I am 8 years sober and live a very clean and healthy lifestyle, aspiring to be one of the first Native American bodybuilders to compete at a national level. My goals are set for next year's competition.

DK: Wow! An inspiring ambition! We'd love to know more about your tribal heritage and traditions? What are some of the things you love best about your tribe?

SR: I love the fact that we may be one of the poorest tribes in America but we are also one of the richest in American history. I am a proud Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

DK: What do you think we would be surprised to learn about your people?

SR: Based on the adversity that my people have been faced with I think it would surprise most people to see how strong our will to survive truly is.

DK: Speaking of strong willed survival, how do you draw strength from your Native identity?

SR: Knowing who I am and where I come from, I draw strength from the warrior within.
Our Native People are strong because that's what the creator visioned us to be.
We are the strength and hope of our ancestors past.

DK: What are some of the ways that you celebrate your culture?

SR: I celebrate my culture every day by praying and giving thanks to the creator for blessing my Native people with the strength and iron will to fight for who we are. By using the wisdom and knowledge passed down from our elders in our everyday lives our legacy will remain strong and will live on forever.

DK: Share some wisdom with us please? How do you encourage others to honor Native Ways?

SR: I would encourage others to uplift one another and support each other in our endeavors, be it sobriety, athletics or entrepreneurship.
I believe that we are natural born Warriors who are guided by the inner strength of our ancestors. I call this strength my “inner Beast”. Some of us at different times in ours lives need to be reminded of that. I find renewed strength and confidence in continuing my Apparel business when I have learned one of my original designs has inspired someone to live a healthier lifestyle. I'm very thankful and blessed that my business has the support of my Native Community.
DK: Wow! So you're an entrepreneur as well?

SR: Yes Ma'am! I started Native Beast Apparel 10 months ago. I wanted to start something that I believed in. Something that promotes a positive healthy lifestyle. Native Beast Apparel was a creation derived from my own experiences with battles I had to face in order to become who I am today.

The Native Beast Apparel logo is a bear(Beast) claw within a hand print. The hand print represents who we are as a person/people and the claw represents the inner strength(Beast) within all of us. Sometimes we have to dig deep for that inner Beast(strength) to over come goals or obstacles within our life whether it be spiritual, mental or physical. If I didn't believe in this philosophy I probably wouldn't be here today. It had kept me from excepting defeat and gave me the strength to overcome my sobriety and opened the door towards a healthier lifestyle. My goal is to reach out to others and spread this positive message that my Apparel stands for. If you want to learn more you can go to our Native Beast Apparel Facebook page or you can check out our online store at nativebeastapparel.com.
“Relentlessly Focusing on Conquering My World!”~Native Beast Apparel

DK: What do you think makes doing business different for you as a Native company than it would be for Non Native companies?

SR: Some may say that being a Native American small business owner would be harder than a Non-Native business. I believe that all small businesses struggle in the beginning but if we persevere and remain focused we will arrive at the successful destination we all hoped for.

DK: And what destination is that? What do you hope your business will accomplish in Native America?

SR: We as Native people can be as successful as we choose to be. My hope is for Native Beast Apparel to become more than just a clothing company but to become a movement that inspires our Native people to become more conscious and aware of their health and well being.

DK: Was there ever a time on your journey when you feared you might not make it?

SR: On more than one occasion I have wondered how I made it this far.

DK: How did you handle that intimidation and press on?

SR: It has become apparent that the creator has always had a plan for my life. I believe that is why during those moments that inner Beast was stronger than ever before.

DK: As you faced obstacles and challenges in your journey, what did you learn about yourself in those hard times?

SR: I learned that I am an overcomer who is stronger than I ever thought possible.

DK: During your hard times, what lessons about life did you learn that you'd like to share with others?

SR: No matter who we are,where we come from or what our circumstances may be, we are stronger than we think, smarter than we know and we are the example for our future leaders.

DK: Humility comes before honor, but sometimes it's harder to handle success than it is hardship for some people. We've all seen those “shooting stars”, those folks with natural beauty, talent or intelligence that shoot up really fast and fall really fast. You have a lot of success in your life so how do you handle it?

SR: By staying focused on the task at hand and remembering that the mission I am on is not about me.

DK: Any advice to make sure success lasts?

SR: Stay hungry, stay relentless and remember the younger generation are watching.

DK: You have so many blessings in your life…including your delightful family! What do you think makes a good husband and father?

SR:Keeping the Creator as my foundation and always putting my family first.
You can never say,”I Love You” enough.

DK: What are some of the values that you want to instill in your children?

SR: Creator first, be strong in the face of adversity, think how your actions will affect others and always follow your heart.

DK: What wisdom do you have for those men who desire to be better fathers and husbands?

SR: To be the Warriors you were meant to be. We are the providers and protectors that give our family comfort. Keep your heads up as the Warriors did before you.

DK: What lessons did you learn from the men in your life that impact you today?

SR: I have learned that life is tough but only you can make it what you want it to be.
It's up to you to make your mark in this lifetime.

DK:We need strong role models in Native America! Do you consider yourself a role model?

SR: I didn't think I was at first, until my kids came home and told me that their friends thought that I was cool and they wanted to be like me.

DK: Super cute! What do you think makes a good one? Why?

SR: I think a good role model is someone who helps you see the best in yourself, encourages you to be the best that you can be and someone who helps pick you up when you fall.

DK: In addition to your dynamic vision, What other areas are you passionate about?

SR: I have a passion for life and try to live everyday to the fullest.
I am thankful for every breath I take.

DK: How refreshing! How can folks join in the vision you have?

SR: Come and join us on our Native Beast Apparel Facebook page.
This is just the beginning to my inspirational vision.

DK: Thanks for inspiring us! Anything else you want us to know?

SR: I am thankful for the opportunity to share my heart and my vision.
Remember to believe in yourself and hold tight to your dreams.


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William W Whitten III

Thank you for sharing your story and words of faith. Words like yours, go a very long way in this world. A’ho

Joan (Rain Singing) Reynolds

My very best wishes to you, Stacey Red Horse. Your interview was inspiring and uplifting. Will be praying for you, your family, and for the success of your business.

Mitaku O Yasin,
Joan

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