"My father told me when songs are sung, they have a purpose and an occasion. Just like children, each of them has a reason for being. We share them so people can use them in their ceremonies. I can say I composed these songs, but I can never say I own them. My wish is that all singers who want to learn Lakota songs first understand how they were made and why they were composed. By doing so, we do not change history but make history.
My father often reminded me when singing these songs, to not add anything or forget anything that pertains to the Lakota way of life. Even though we all have to change with the times, our teachings have to stay intact so we may learn from them and our past in preparation for the present and the future. We do this so we all may live."