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 told them, "No, I would rather not," as I knew I couldn't go into their building. One guy finally talked me into joining the Disabled American Veterans, so I did. They held their meetings in this same Legion club. I told the commander about not being able to attend meetings there + A Second Gunner + 39 because of having to walk through a room where liquor was served. " One night I came late to a meeting, and this same Mexican bartender came to the door and wouldn't let me in or even tell the commander that I was there.
II ance from Main Street. They were there evenings from nine o'clock on to be sure no one left our tent city to go into town. Some of the people who did sneak out were caught, taken to city court, and fined. During the years after I had seen how the Jewish people were treated in Germany by the Nazis, I compared their ghettoes to the life we were living in Alliance. We Indians fought back the best way we could. Every Indian felt "this is my country, I have the right to live here regardless of my dark skin.
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?
An Indian in White America by Mark Monroe