An Indian in White America by Mark Monroe

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 disorder in addition to his founding of the yankee Indian Council in 1973.

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Finally we got about one hundred and twenty men in our holding company. A lot of the guys were ready for discharge and didn't want to go overseas. I asked Colonel Getman for another shift of cooks, cook's helpers, and KPs so I would only work five days a week and another cook would work weekends. It began to look like I'd never get discharged, as Colonel Getman liked my cooking so well and good cooks were hard to get. But on November 25, 1951, he called me into his office and asked me if I'd like to reenlist for three more years.

M. I boarded the train and headed for Omaha, where I took my physical examina- • Hard Times. 25 tion, which I passed. We were allowed three days at home, and then we were to get our traveling orders. I knew our destination was going to be Fort Lewis, Washington. I came back to Alliance and told Butch what was going to happen. Butch, his wife, Priscilla, and their youngest son Bobby were the only ones who were at home. My mother and father, brother Bill, and sisters Lillian and Mary Ann were still in Rapid City.

When my back got so sore I couldn't stand it any more, I stood up and hit Allen right in the eyes, breaking his glasses. The teacher hadn't seen any of this happen so, before she did, I got up and ran home. I told my mother about it. That evening, Allen and his father came to our house and told my dad we'd have to pay for Allen's glasses or be taken to court. " Dad lived a tough life, and he was a fighter. He felt with my quitting school, I was losing more than Allen did. My father told us he could not make enough money for us to move back to Wood, so we had to make the best of everything.

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