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'May truth come forward'

Sep 3, 2013 - Myron Groesbeck, Ethete

Editor:

Warriors gather in the land of the free.

To camp near the river of the aspen tree.

The first snow on the peaks. A time ...

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Editor: Warriors gather in the land of the free. To camp near the river of the aspen tree. The first snow on the peaks. A time of change. Summer has ended. Fall comes to the Wind River range. Mule deer are rutting. Turkeys are strutting. Guard hairs on coyotes are growing. Plumage. The sage grouse is showing. Bull elk bugle so shrill. Antelope run over the hill. Hunting arrows rest in a quiver. Frosty morning. Black bears shiver. Long bows are strung so tight That maybe now the time is right to hunt. Descendants of chiefs from wars of the past Long shadows do these proud natives cast. Speaking of a battle soon to come Battle for all. Fought only by some In the land of the Northern Arapaho band Brothers gather for one more last stand. A time for unity. Shoshones will agree This is Indian Country. Far as you shall see. When forefathers first came to the prairie Travois loaded with all families could carry. Our land measured by days riding a horse Then to be taken by a deadly force. Disease plagued the land. Fever of gold Much blood was shed by hearts so cold. Land to be taken by coats of blue With bayonets. New boundaries they drew. Drums now pound a resounding beat. Taut sinew and skins say it's time to meet In the spirit of chiefs long since dead A council of war. Things to be said Bear claws on strings of buffalo hide Buckskins with beadwork. Native pride Green wood we are burning. Smoke does rise With blankets our message fills the skies To the land of Sacajawea we summon thee One more last stand in the land of the free From Montana we welcome you the Crow Sit here on the blankets woven by the Navajo Tobacco for our pipes from a shaman Grown where cattle are wild and Brahman Blackfeet. Nez Perce on spotted ponies Teepees rise in the land of the Shoshonis A council of peace. Remembering past wars A time of peace. Time to even old scores From the distant Chilcotin and River of Peace Voices of support in the battle of tribal lease The Zuni have sent a woman of spirit Heavenly voice. All shall hear it. Mandans from Dakota Cheyennes and Lakota Arapaho brethren from all directions Bring support from family connections Gros Ventres join the list complete We listen for the native heart beat They watch. To learn through observation A legal battle on the Wind River Reservation Soon Wyoming courts will convene to decide A case of native jurisdiction. Native pride Riverton is the city. Tribal rights the debate To be decided by courts of the cowboy state Are lands north of Big Wind Indian Country? One more last stand in the land of the free Silence if broken. "For prayer shall show the way. May truth come forward." A chief is heard to say.

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