How to describe a member of a plains Native American Tribe today is versatile. Although, I never lived in a teepee I still consider myself a member of a tribe. I was not raised on the Wind River Reservation like my father, however, my Grandmother's house was a teepee in Oklahoma. I got a degree in my professional career which was something I wanted and my Father told me it was necessary to get along in this white man's world. People told me - you won't get a degree, its too hard and I wanted to prove to everyone that I could do it. Sometimes, I got discouraged, I think I quit college three times before I finally, graduated from the University of Oklahoma. It opened some doors for me that were first shut in my face... I think of myself as a red-blooded Native but a person is the sum of her experiences and I have never worn a war-bonnet, smoked a peace pipe but I believe you can be whatever you want to be.
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 00:39