Crazy Horse And Yellow Hair - Poem by Juan Olivarez
They raped their women,
They murdered thier children.
They decimated their food source.
They pushed them off off their lands little by little.
They broke treaty after treaty,
Or made life so unbearable for the natives,
That they themselves were forced to break the treaties to survive.
And the great Sioux chief Sitting Bull,
Saw a way of life coming to an end.
After George Armstrong Custer massacred a village,
Of old men women and children,
Wantonly and without cause Sitting Bull called upon the greatest,
Of all the Lakota medicine men.
It was Crazy Horse that brought together,
The great plains tribes,
The Sioux and the Cheyenne, and a small contingency of Arrapahoe.
Truly Crazy Horse should have been regarded,
As a great general and strategist.
George Armstrong Custer was vainglorious and proud.
More interested in personal fame and fortune.
They came together one fateful day,
On the grasslands of the Little Big Horn.
Known to the native Americans as 'The Greasy Grass.'
Under the leadership of Sitting Bull,
And Crazy Horse,
The people of the Black Hills, and the Northern Cheyenne Dog Soldiers,
Inflicted on Custer and the Seventh Cavalry,
The worst defeat an American force ever suffered.
And though eventually the Tsunami of white eyes,
Would overwhelm the noble redman,
And push them to a terrible existance on the miserable reservations,
The name Crazy Horse should always be spoken,
In the same breath as other American heroes.
And one day, maybe in your life time,
The great Lakota Chief and Medicine man,
Will once more look down on his beloved Black Hills.
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