Everyone wants to claim to be an Indian until they have to go through Indian sh*t
From those Afrocentric culture vultures
To the five dollar so called Indians

Do you know what it feels like to be an real Indian?
We are impoverished, suppressed, and oppressed

Do you really know what it is like to be an Indian?
When what you claim as Indian is paper and the way you dress

Whiteman's papers and Regalia don't make you Indian
All that clothing is just that
Indian blood and not papers makes us Indians
We are not White, Latino, or Black

So the next time you claim to be an Indian
You better remember this simple fact
You may try to steal our culture and lands
But our Native blood is something you won't ever be able to hijack

Poem by Sonya Braxton, Tuscarora Indian, North Carolina

Our culture and blood heritage are not coats to take off and put back on out of convenience.

We are Indians this is who we are, and we deal with many issues associated with being who we are in the Americas.

There is a sickness and social emptiness in the Americas that only Indians can heal, not many have respect for our culture or empathy for us as the first people of this land and what colonization has brought on us. We are the first people of this land, the Keepers of it, our way was the best way for this landscape and the people living on it, every other way has failed or is failing. We, one day soon, will have our way of life back.

"The Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world". - Crazy Horse

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