An Indian in White America by Mark Monroe

By Mark Monroe

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 suppose that was my pay. One of his prize greyhounds had puppies, and seeing how much I liked them, Chet Weaver gave me the best one out of the litter. The next day he drove Butch and me into town. Butch was sitting in the front seat of the pickup with him while I was in the back with all those greyhound puppies and their mother. When we got home, my mother got mad at first when she saw me, but then she started crying when I got out with my little greyhound puppy. I was very happy, and I kind of figured this was my whole summer's salary, as these hounds were worth hundreds of dollars!

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?

Well," said Captain Ford, "I'll tell you what we did. All the sergeants in the company, many of the company men, and I have all pitched in and made donations so that we are sending you home on a furlough. " I told him I couldn't believe it that they would send me home, pay my train fare and everything. I was kind of shocked, but there was no way I could turn Captain Ford down. I got the money, my fifteen-day furlough, and was told to leave in the morning. That evening, I called my mother up at home and told her the good news.

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