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By Mark Monroe

ISBN-10: 1566392349

ISBN-13: 9781566392341

This autobiography of Mark Monroe, a Lokota Sioux Indian, describes his lifelong confrontations with racism, violence, own hardships together with alcoholism, unemployment and affliction in addition to his founding of the yankee Indian Council in 1973.

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I remembered reading in geography books about Mount Fujiyama, and when I saw it, I thought it was very beautiful. We were flying in clouds, but we could still see the top of it. When we landed in Tokyo and they opened the door, the first thing I remember was the terrible, foul smell that was in the air. I was told later on that this was the human excrement that Japanese people used as fertilizer on their farms. When I got to Japan, I was very much in awe of everything I saw. We were first taken to Camp Drake for orientation and another issue of clothing; we more or less got used to being in Japan.

I told my mother about it. That evening, Allen and his father came to our house and told my dad we'd have to pay for Allen's glasses or be taken to court. " Dad lived a tough life, and he was a fighter. He felt with my quitting school, I was losing more than Allen did. My father told us he could not make enough money for us to move back to Wood, so we had to make the best of everything. My memory of Alliance and of South Alliance where the Indian people had to live is of very bad experiences. Why, where, how did this racism start?

Butch would get those old match boxes and make a little wagon, and he would take large buttons and make the wheels out of them. Then he'd take a stick and use it for the tongue of the wagon. That's all Butch and I had to play with. " I was so proud of it. Another of my good memories of Wood is of sheepherding. Butch was always a go-getter, so he got a job on a sheep ranch right under Rattlesnake Butte and worked out there in the summers. One summer my mother told him to take me with him, which he wasn't too happy about, but he did.

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