One Dakota family’s story with Teresa Peterson and Walter LaBatte Jr.

Posted on November 1, 2023

Episode Description

For the first time, we welcome two guests at the same time on the podcast: Teresa “Terri” Peterson and Walter “Super” LaBatte Jr. This niece and uncle duo from the Upper Sioux Community are both focused on preserving and sharing Dakota culture. They recently wrote a book together – Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers – in which they share and reflect on family stories. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Understand Native Minnesota initiative has organized a statewide K-12 One-Read program of the book for Native American Heritage Month, donating 20,000 copies to classrooms across the state.

In this episode, Rebecca talks with Terri and Super about their book, writing process, family, language revitalization, and art. 


Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers:
Understand Native Minnesota Instagram:
Daḳota Wiċoḣaŋ:
Upper Sioux Community Wacipi:

Song: Buffalo Moon by Brulé