Long ago when the earth
and a people were one, they lived
proud and true

Their eyes sparkled like the
bright stars on a dark blue night

Their hearts were pure as the pale plains
Their blood rich as the red clay

All this I see when I look at
our nation’s stars and stripes

So we shall not forget
our ancestors, what they sacrificed
and gave to us and our future

Robert Allen, a member of the Kansa-Ponca-Potawatomi, is a student at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.

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