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By Mark Monroe

This autobiography of Mark Monroe, a Lokota Sioux Indian, describes his lifelong confrontations with racism, violence, own hardships together with alcoholism, unemployment and disease in addition to his founding of the yank Indian Council in 1973.

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At the time, it was more important to be together, and because of the economic situation, we couldn't afford anything else. Emma's parents and my parents knew that we were going to get married, and they were very happy about it. My mother and father were our best man and best woman. We had no large ceremony or give-away. Now that I am a little bit better off financially, I kind of wish that we could relive those days because I would have done anything for Emma. When we first got married, we moved into this apartment in Chimneytown, which is now Good Samaritan Village.

When I arrived, Colonel Getman was the company commander. When he looked at my records and found out I'd been in Korea and had a cook MOS since coming to Camp Aturbury, he was happy. He asked me if I could take + A Second Gunner + 43 charge of the kitchen. " I could cook a complete meal for breakfast, dinner, and supper and got to the point where I was pretty good at it. Colonel Getman immediately gave me five KPs and a cook's helper from the National Guard outfit. We set to work cleaning out the kitchen, which was dusty and dirty and hadn't been opened in six or seven months.

Finally, I went with them. We went up to the American Legion door, and one of the guys pressed the little buzzer. A Mexican bartender peeked out the window. It was one of 38 • C HAP T E R • III those one-way windows where he could see us but we couldn't see him. One of my friends was drunk, getting obnoxious and pressing on the buzzer constantly. Well, this Mexican bartender opens the door and sees us three guysme with my Army uniform with badges, another guy also in Army uniform, and the Navy guy with his uniform on.

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