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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 yank Indian Council in 1973.

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We told him we walked. Right away the next day, my dad rode over to Mr. Weaver's house to tell him we got home safely. Mr. Weaver was checking on us, too, and so he met Dad halfway. One summer when we worked for Mr. Weaver, he had these really beautiful greyhounds. I worked all summer until the day school started, and Mr. Weaver used to buy my school clothes for me: cowboy boots, levis, shirts, caps, and coats. 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.

I pulled guard duty in the bottom of the ship guarding some of the trucks and jeeps and weapons carriers. We would pull four hours on guard and then eight off during a twelve-hour period. It was a very long, lonely trip. + A Second Gunner + 31 On the morning we landed in Korea, we drove the weapons carrier that was assigned to us off the ship. Corporal Gossett, a driver, myself, and two or three ROK soldiers went into Wonsan; we could see that it had been shelled. I was told later on that the Marines had made a landing there.

III the officers were afraid. We had only one officer whom I knew and saw many times. He was our company leader, a lieutenant. The other white man was Corporal Gossett. I think there were a few other first gunners on the one mortar in our squad, and I met them. They were in the same position we were. They had ROK soldiers who made up the rest of their squads. Everyone was very fearful because I think they felt the same thing I did: How in the world could we ever do combat with such inexperienced men, men we couldn't even communicate with, and didn't even know?

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