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This month in leaving us, is a very important one for native American Indian tribes, especially those in and around Colorado. We may think the ides of March are nearly over but the title of this entry refers to the Indian word for March which literally means Moon When Buffalo Cows Drop Their Calves or Sore Eye Moon.
Along with this being the time of the vernal equinox some momentous events of this month shaped the history of the Sioux American tribes because in 1889 The Sioux Act reduced reservations size and to the present day this has not changed. However, in 1929 Charles D. Curtis became the first person of American Indian ancestry to be elected vice president of the U.S. To me this is proof positive that adversity and opposition is only for a time and that everyone with a pure heart and motive will eventually prevail.
–This entry is dedicated to my cousin Steven Wade
My final March warning comes from Chief Sealth from which Seattle derives its name:
….When the last Red Man shall have perished …these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe and when your children’s children think themselves alone in the field, the shore, the shop, upon the highway or in the silence of the pathless woods, they will not be alone… At night when the streets of your cities are silent and you think them deserted… they will throng with the returning hosts that once filled them and still love this beautiful land. The White Man will never be alone.