Lakota Woman

Lakota Woman - Lakota Woman April 17, 2007 Mary Crow Dog's...

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Lakota Woman April 17, 2007 Mary Crow Dog’s story narrates not only her personal struggles as a Native American woman, but also narrates the struggles of her people. Throughout her life, she was forced to face many unwanted things such as physical and emotional abuse, alcoholism, deaths, etc. Her story begins with horrible events that she went through. Having her first child in the middle of a firefight, her family and friends being beaten to death or just murdered, her sister’s sterilization and lose of her child. Crow Dog stated “I am a woman of the Red Nation, a Sioux woman. That is not easy…In 1975 the feds put the muzzles of their M-16’s against my head. It’s hard being an Indian woman…The FBI cut off her hands and sent them to Washington for fingerprint id, hands that helped my baby come into the world…She had been sterilized against her will, the baby lived only for two hours, and she wanted so much to have children. No it’s not easy. At age 15 I was raped…If you plan to be born, make sure you are born white and male (4).” These and many more incidents like these surrounded her and her people on a daily basis. Despite her many hard and sad times, her life story gives you a sense of hope. She became a very strong woman, strong for herself, her children and strong for her people. Mary Crow Dog’s experience in the boarding schools was just like every child that was kidnapped and forced into boarding schools. She was forced to learn a religion she did not believe in and was forced to learn things not of her culture. She talked about a few instances of other kids in boarding schools that committed suicide because of the initial shock of entering such a place. The school that she was taken to was the same school her grandmother, mother, and sister attended and at one time or another they all tried to run away. According to Crow Dog, “In a traditional Sioux family, a child is never
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ETHN 3001 taught by Professor Aldama,aj during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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