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Storytelling is an important part of cultural preservation, and a member of the Standing Rock tribe is doing what he can to preserve tribal history and culture.

A Lakota author and illustrator is visiting students on the Standing Rock reservation. S.D. Nelson's books are inspired by Native American culture. And he has a message for young Native American kids.

"They have worth. And there's a tremendous audience of people around this country and world that are just hungry to hear from these young Native Americans," says Nelson.

This week, Nelson visited schools on the Standing Rock Reservation.

"He taught us about Lakota. He showed us a story and read us a story," says Chief Midian Plenty a Cannonball student.

Student Tillawna Everett says she doesn't see a lot of books about Native American culture.

"Having a book that's about us will be cool," says Everett.

Nelson's first book was "Gift Horse," but he says his favorite is "Black Elk's Vision."

"I really do try to paint from my heart, and from the knowledge that I carry with me," says Nelson.

Nelson is under contract for another Native American story, and he says he's leaving Standing Rock inspired.

"The sunrises and the sunsets, the way the clouds travel across the sky, and just the feeling of the earth is different on the prairie. It's unique and inspiring to me," says Nelson.

A student from each classroom picked out one of his books for their class to keep. Nelson also visited Standing Rock High School and presented to other schools at Sitting Bull College.

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