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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Don't judge a man till you have walked a mile in his moccasins. I spent last weekend on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and in and around White Clay, Nebraska. I saw some of the most beautiful country that I could ever imagine, and I also saw the results of 4,000,000 cans of beer sold annually, and 70-80% unemployment. If you read the treaties, and learn about the history, you will find that there is something very wrong going on to some very honorable people, Americans. Learn about Wilson Edison Black Elk, Jr., and Ronald Owen Hard Heart and know that there are many, many others. I owe it to my great great grandfather and to my children to try to make things better. We all owe it to our elders, and our children, for they are our real purpose. So much of what we have, our democracy, much of our culture, this land, my life were given by, or taken from Native American people. White Clay, Nebraska, and other border towns are no way to say thanks.

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