So much is still to be done for us to reclaim the pride we all once had. Taking our children away from us & sending them to the white man's schools destroyed so many of our peoples. As many of you know, our ancestors were abused for talking in our own languages or trying to practice our reliefs, not to mention how so many were beat & raped by these white devils that ran those schools.
We are still angry after all these many years at the treatment of our many ancestors. No amount of money will ever bring back what we have lost & had taken from our many peoples.
To this day & even among some of our own people we are made fun of if we want to grow our hair long, learn our languages, practice our old beliefs & teach our children our ways from ancient times.
The white man's culture & the hip-hop culture has drawn our children & young people away from who they are as a people. Even the TV shows & video games all over the place take the place for our children for getting to know about our beautiful cultures & ancient ways, beliefs & languages.
We have to get our children away from all this foolishness, start taking control of our families & stop buying into to this white idea about what is important & start teaching our children our ways, beliefs, languages & live by example to them.
We have to stop the destruction of our peoples from drugs, alcohol & non-native nonsense that is all around us. We, as a people, need to be proud of who we are as a people & culture.
We need to stop giving our children white names & be proud to give them the names of our peoples in the times of the ancestors. Get rid of those white names & go back to our native names. Our ancestory is filled with much goodness & pride in a good way. We need to be proud of being Native American Indian peoples.
Only, we as a people, family by family, tribe by tribe, can make the change day after day, year after year until we have that pride we all had before the invaders came to our many shores & lands.
With that all said, I am encouraged to see here & there what is going on among various tribes as they are taking the lead & once more opening our own schools to teach our children our ways, beliefs & values.
I am encouraged to see more gatherings of our many peoples throughout each new year as more & more powwow's are happening. I am always thankful to our Creator as He lifts us up once more blessing us in His many ways as in the days gone by of the ancestors.
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