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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: We the Indigenous People
By Weeping Skye
01/12/09


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I recently walked through our reservation cemetery with my mom. I was somewhat surprised to see so many military head stones. “Honored to serve.” “Proudly served his country.” Some died in battle, most never ranked beyond “private.” All proudly served, gladly sacrificed, for a country, a country…The USA…that utterly tried to wipe out the very existence of its indigenous peoples. They served a country that tried to eliminate customs, traditions, languages. They fought side by side with people who hated them, never equal, never complaining.

Statistics have shown that per capita, the USA’s indigenous people have had more serve their county’s military than any other peoples group. Stats also stated they have had more die in battle than any other peoples group. I have had two of my own sons serve in Iraq, both at the same time. Both home safely, both proud to have served.

Some may think I am bitter. I am not! I cry when I sing our National Anthem, or when I see our flag blowing in the wind, or when I see the coffin of a soldier. I do believe however, that little, in comparison to the sacrifice, has been done to honor our people.

I guess this probably doesn’t qualify as a short story, or even a story, it was just what was on my heart, I am proud to be American.

Let me say in leaving “WE, THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, OF THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…” do hold fast to the same truths as were written many moons ago by our Founding Fathers.


GOD Bless the USA


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Anne Linington01/15/09
This is an interesting perspective on the cost paid by America's indigeonous people, as in Australia and New Zealand too. Thanks for flagging this up.
Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
Wonderful perspective that should make many of us stop and think. I very much appreciate your gracious spirit.
Beth LaBuff 01/16/09
I really like your perspective on the US. We live near the Hopi and Navajo and have learned so much from them. The Navajo code-talkers story from WWII is fascinating.
Sharon Kane01/19/09
I was hoping to get the perspective of the indigenous people this week. Thank you for writing this. I wish you had developed it some more; I'd have liked to read more of what is on your heart.
Teresa Lee Rainey01/20/09
Such thoughtful, heartfelt words. What was said here made me want to keep reading. Would have loved more of your thoughts on this. :)