By T.W. Martindale Sagwu Usdi 1997
Freedom was a luxury once possessed by people native to this untamed land. These were a people created and placed here by Sovereign God Almighty.
Yet...With the arrival of others who sought freedom from a cruel land in which they lived, the peace, tranquility, and freedom possessed by the native people of this land was forced from them with gun in hand.
The new arrivals to this beautifully, peaceful home traveled here in search of freedom from oppression. Yet, their search for life and liberty deprived an innocent people of freedom and peace that was rightfully theirs.
These strangers. . .No. . .Intruders who came to this New World marched with muskets in hand and took by brute force the peace, happiness, and dignity of life from those native to this country.
Yes. . .The very possessions for which these newcomers sought were ruthlessly and without feeling of guilt forced from a peaceful and caring people so that they might proudly boast. . .and CRY FREEDOM !
Civilization has been thrust upon me...and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity...
- Chief Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Lakota (Sioux)
We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God...
- Chief Joseph, Nez Perce