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 yankee Indian Council in 1973.
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Both of our families were very poor. They were barely surviving, barely eating-just barely making their way. We decided to get married by a justice of the peace even though Emma was a very good Catholic and liked to go to church. We knew that later on in our marriage we would get married in the church, which we did. At the time, it was more important to be together, and because of the economic situation, we couldn't afford anything else. Emma's parents and my parents knew that we were going to get married, and they were very happy about it.
Then we got back on the plane. Our next landing point was an island called Shemya Island. After I was discharged and became a civilian again, I looked for Shemya Island on the map but could never find it. It was such a tiny island. When we got off at Shemya and were eating again, some of the Air Force personnel there told us that Russia was so close that on clear days they could hear the Russian soldiers and sailors training across the expanse of ocean between Shemya Island and Russia. When we heard this, I think it made all of our men fearful again because we were getting so close to our destination.
It was a very lonely night that Saturday night sometime in the early or middle part of September, as I could imagine what everyone was doing at home. I think every soldier who was leaving that night D 27 28 • CHAPTER. III felt the same way I did, and I saw tears in a lot of the guys' eyes. Most of the soldiers who got on the plane were about my age, maybe some of them eighteen or nineteen years old. They were very young men; no one was any older than twenty-one. We all knew that we were going directly to Japan and Korea for combat and were fearful that we would never see our families again.
An Indian in White America by Mark Monroe