Friday, July 17, 2015

Native Americans

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
--Chief Seattle

We needed their land
and kept moving them west
beyond the Mississippi River
We called it a land exchange 
and when we needed that land
we moved them again,
forced migration to a barren and arid land

We needed their land when we
found minerals deep in the mountains,
wanted grazing ground for cattle,
needed just that space for laying tracks
We needed their land when we promised
land to whoever wanted a stake out west
They had to move when we moved in

At the Massacre at Sand Creek
Chief Black Kettle waved a white flag,
but they must have changed the color
that day because no one stopped killing

We needed their land


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