Poem: We Talk About Reparations

How you deal with an ugly thing in the Native community,
We always talk about reparations in the Native community,
Bringing back what was rightfully ours,
But we don't talk about the ways in which the community,
Ignores,
Sidesteps,
Tramples,
Each other,
It's what the oppressor wants,

How you deal with an ugly thing in the Native community,

1. Bury it deep down in the Earth and expect growth,
2. Ignore lateral violence/bullying,
3. Pray to an absent Father -"God,"
4. Run away from your problems,
5. Deny male privilege,
6. Deny your heart/feelings,
7. Distort/lie/retort,

Not at all,
I'm not hearin' ya,
The solution is,
Restoring something lost or stolen to its proper owner,

No I said,
Turn around,
Face me,
I am not afraid,
I am not fooled,

You say I don't know you,
Or that you can't change this,
But I know you,

I lay the sema in the territory,
Shining the light inside the walls to see what needs to be removed.