Lakota Man Becomes the First Native American to Summit Mt. Everest


Jacob Weasel summit Mt. Everest in May. (courtesy photo)

On May 17 at 8:34 am Nepal time, against the backdrop of Tibetan prayer flags, Dr. Jacob Weasel, a 36-year-old citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, made history. Perched atop the Himalayas, Weasel became the first recorded Native American to summit Mount Everest.

"You realize so strongly we are not meant to be here," Weasel recalls the harsh realities of being at the summit of Everest. "The Earth does not want us here."

At 29,029 feet (8,848 meters), Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, perched between Nepal and Tibet in the Himalayas. The peak draws upwards of 1,000 mountaineers from around the world each year looking for a taste of the summit, which hundreds have died in pursuit of. So far this year, eleven people have died attempting to reach the summit.


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