Ghostwarrior, I did not think or feel you took my offfer lightly. I understand how the People are cautious of those who claim to want to help. Many wish to gain something in exchange. Historicaly it was land they wanted. I only seek wisdom and perhaps knowledge, to become a beter human being. The People always had some allies that were white, though I am only part white. History proves this to be true. During the Battle of Greasy Grass, the Lakotah, Cheyenne, adn Arahapo were better armed than Son of the Morning Star and his men.
I do not have much in the way of money, but I would offer my skills and knowledge to help the People. I work as a handyman and gardener. Yet, no one has told me how I could be of help. I do not want to just show up on the rez and say "Im here to help". I am not sure what kind of reception I would get. I have read on here about elders with mold problems, heating problems and other issues.
I have never sought a fight, but I do not run from one either. With a name like Ralph, you either have to be tough or get your ass beat often.
I have learned enough about history, I know who was and is in the right. It is not the american government. I see the 50 stars on the flag and I see 10 nations who were lied to, oppressed, and victims of attempted genocide, for each star on that flag. I am not loyal to the flag, or government. I am loyal to this land, this country. Home of my ancestors, who I am trying to find out about. I see a bountiful land that has been raped and murdered. If I were wanted, I would fight with the People, and if it is my destiny, I would die with the People. I am also willing to work behind the scenes if that is what is wanted of me. I know what is right, who is right.
I do disagree with the statement about the reservations being prisoner of war camps. A prisoner of war is covered under the Genevia Convention, with certain rights guarenteed. The reservations are far worse place than a POW camp.
Also, thank you for calling me your friend.