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Warrior Is

WARRIOR IS narrates the events from creation times to weeks after the Greasy Grass Battle, the summer of 1876. Mato Niyanpi’s great grandsons, Harley L. Zephier and Robin L. Zephier, Mnincoju Lakota tribal members, tell the story of their great-grandfather.

The practice and belief of this proven civilization is portrayed and described in every facet of the peoples’ existence. The life purpose of co-existence and respect for all the families of Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth, is the gift and intent of Creator.

3 hour program of the Thom Hartmann Program which aired on Thursday October 15, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. CST to 2:00 p.m. CST. Our book “Warrior Is” (2017, iUniverse) was featured on the program.



“Warrior Is” virtual zoom book presentation on October 12, 2020 for the South Dakota Festival of Books on Indigenous Peoples Day/Native American Day


The Trial Lawyers College Podcast: Harley and Robin Zephier on What It Means to Be a Warrior

“Our great-grandfather stood to fulfill a sacred duty…to do more than he ever thought he may have been capable of doing…at a particular time in the existence of the world for the survival of generations of all of us to come. The warriors that stand in courtrooms today—with their hand on a vulnerable, suffering person or their families—are doing that extremely honorable and important and courageous task of a warrior assigned the same type of commitment to help to make it a better world.” This episode of the TLC podcast features brothers Harley and Robin Zephier, co-authors of the book Warrior Is and members of the Mnincoju Lakota people. In a captivating discussion with host Rafe Foreman, the brothers share their profound insight into what it means to be a warrior through the story of their great-grandfather, Mato Niyanpi “Saved by Bear”, a proud Lakota warrior who performed an act of commitment and courage during the Battle of the Greasy Grass in 1876, interweaving his legacy with the story of humankind as a whole.  By establishing a parallel between the values of the Lakota culture and the core mission of the Trial Lawyers College, Harley and Robin offer a refreshing perspective that transcends the boundaries of time and background. Tying it all together with the current turbulent political atmosphere of both our nation and our world, this episode offers a timely reminder of the importance of coexistence, unity, and interconnectedness and the role of the trial lawyer in upholding them.




Warrior Is

Warrior Is