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Northern Coast
Judith Lowry
Maidu and Pit River

"Telling about our lives is important for those who come after as, for those who will see our experience as part of their own historical struggle." 
 Linda Hogan, Chickasaw









"Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less?" 
Chief Arvol Looking Horse



Coyote Goes Hunting
Neal Ambrose Smith

"Before our white brothers came to civilize us we had no jails. Therefore we had no criminals. You can't have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves...

     "If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them away. We had no money, and therefore a man's worth could not be measured by it...

     "We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians, therefore we couldn't cheat...

     "We really were in a bad way before the white man came, and I don't know how we manage to get along without the basic things which, we are told, are absolutely necessary to make a civilized society. But now visible progress is everywhere - we have jails all over the place and men in neck-ties who lie and cheat." 

                                           Lame Deer - Ikce Wicasa


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