Native peoples are the intergenerational survivors of a holocaust, the continuing and ongoing effects of which we struggle with every day. Not a single one of us, from the oldest elder to the newest newborn, escaped unscathed.

These horrors cannot be erased. But this is where the magic begins: replace the voice that only whispers about your pain and loss with a strong and unwavering one, and be prepared to tell your story with courage and conviction, to add your voice to all the others, never to be silenced again.

Wild Indians: Native Perspectives on the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians by Pemima Yellow Bird (PDF, 792KB, 10 pages)