A note from Marcella LeBeau: I was gifted a book titled Unsettled Truths by U.S. Presidential candidate Mark Charles. My nephew, Dr. Robert A. Ryan read the book. After reading the book, he wrote some thoughts titled “MATTER”. I asked him if I could get it published and he agreed.
The book by Mark Charles tells of the horrific acts of Abraham Lincoln against Natives. We didn’t learn this history in the half day that we went to the Old Cheyenne Agency Boarding school. Is even taught today in the South Dakota schools?
To know the truths of Abraham Lincoln we must now give the removal order of Abraham Lincoln and the others and replace them with our own native heroes on Mount Rushmore, on our own land, our sacred Black Hills.
Below is the poem written by Dr. Robert A. Ryan:
When they came ashore from far away
The land they saw was all that mattered
The People there were heathens all
And could be killed it did not matter.
Christian views were all that mattered
The king and pope both agreed
The land is ours to claim and settle
Those people there did not matter.
You see it was the papal bull decree
Take their land as far as you can see
People there you can enslave
Heathen people do not matter.
Doctrine fits when they arrived
They came with paper irony
We can own this land we see
It is occupied but does not matter.
They declare as Christian men
We have arrived now bow to me
As discoverers we own you now
Your life you have does not matter.
The People tried to save their lives
We believe that we have lived this long
What is heathen, brown lives I see
The pope and king say you do not matter.
So many came from across the sea
And established government to be
And needed land from sea to sea
Who lived there then did not matter.
People tried to stop the flow
We occupy this land you know
Not heathen nor invisible
Yet you say, we do not matter.
Let the supreme court of the land
Decide this heathen question now
But invaders say Manifest Destiny
You do not have and do not matter.
We stand and say we live here now
Culture, language define our cause
We will be here in strength aloud
We stand up proud because we matter.
See our flag now see our home
We have a thought of those above
There was no heathen to be seen
We know this now and we matter.
Native people know culture matters
Native people know language matters
Native people know ceremony matters
Native people know this life matters.
Look around for thoughts that matter
Teach the ones that came ashore
So many years and yet they stayed
Native people live here and matter.