Articles From the November 1995 Unification News


The People

by Dee Longo Shiga

The first Thanksgiving inspires us because it was a time when people of different faiths and cultures gave thanks to God for His many blessings.

During this season on thanksgiving, I would like to dedicate this poem to the first inhabitants of this land...

Long before this was our home
The People lived throughout this land
A mighty culture, rich in reverence
A noble race, proudly living the traditions of their ancestors

With deepest respect for the earth
And all she gave them
Asking the Great Spirit to guide their ways
They welcomed us as brothers into their nation

Then came treaties tainted with deception
Breaking the sacred hoop of the nation
How will we compensate for the broken promises of our forefathers
That caused the extinction of a way of life

I hear their spirits cry for retribution
Calling us to join them in the ghost dance
Awaiting the One who will lead us out of all oppression
We will heal our brotherhood, and all circles shall be joined

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