The choices now are always very few
nor as great as retrospect demands;
just say that conquest does not claim the land -
a possibility no conqueror ever knew.
Then the choice was trading pans and pots
and rifles to replace the arrow and the bow
and, bye the bye, eliminate the buffalo
and end the nativesí independent lot.
And schools for skills and learning English speech
may now seem less than generous and wise
but then they were a hopeful enterprise
a choice, a do-able, a thing to teach.
Is now assimilation, again the norm
the only shelter from the human storm?
Midi: "People, We are here" by Black Lodge Singers of White Swan, Washington