My name is Running Bear. I am a Sioux tribe leader, born on this land. There are many men here today who were not born by the creator of these plains who take what is not theirs. My people have been laid to rest by invaders upon these fields and hills we call home; the white man is not bringing peace but war. My brothers and sisters are falling like the evening sun and while we hurt, you gain. We are a part of this land without claiming it as ours; you try to own it. We restore Mother Nature’s graces; you rob her of them. We protect ourselves; you massacre us. My people are not the savages, you are. For the most part, what you do is for yourselves while telling us it’s for the best. You do not know what is best for us when you are not us. You started allotment of land to help manage the property that is not yours nor ours. We do not believe in ownership of anything but culture. You believe in ownership of everything including our culture. When you put us on reservations you took away our freedom and lifestyle. You cannot sell and section what is not yours, but somehow you have managed to do just that. You have also taken everything we use and need and depleted the world of her charms. The bison are diminishing; the land is being torn for gold and silver. You soil our waters and reap what we sew. The Black Hills were not formed to be torn down and flattened for business, yet again taking things that are not yours. I witnessed you take our daughters and sons with a swift movement of a finger on a cold piece of metal, and you took my little White Dove from me in this attack. When you did this you were protecting your people from inconvenience in the settling of the land that is not yours, but all the while taking us out one by one. The Wounded Knee lands are blood-covered and now represent the beliefs of the white government. We have all been affected by selfishness and we are not allowed to recover at the slightest. These are a few of the many struggles we Natives endure on the great plains and I have a strong desire to help end them once and for all, for everyone.