Indian Youth

White man, White man
Tell us the truth
What do you want
With our Indian youth

You took them from
Their family and kin
Put them in your schools
To make them fit in

You mock them all
Until you decide
It's back to the Rez
For them to reside

What chances are given
For them to succeed
You take away their
Long hair and sacred beads

Now, we tell you
To leave them alone
Let them grow up
In our ways straight and strong

Our people stand tall
With pride in our youth
For they will inherit
That one greatest truth

So white man, white man
Leave us alone
And give to us back
Our sacred native home.

Poem is copyrighted by Jan Tallevast, 1997. Feel free to email me for permission before using the poem. No commercial usage will be permitted. Thank you.

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