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millions of dollars from casinos
that aboriginal people of minnesota
      wait to recover
from the deluded
      get rich quick dreamers
will never compare to what was lost
from so-called new world ism
      conquest
      plunder
      genocide
      an official government sanctioned policy

the ojibwe still bleed from the bounty hunters

the land & lakes & wild rice
now stifled and commodified
for the twenty-first century
while a mother waits
for a minimum wage job
at a traffic signal on so-called u.s. 2

the many hues of the indigenous
is a continuum of the forest
      with historical wisdom
           spirit that can't be translated
immersed in color
      from the strongest
      straightest
      tallest jack pine
      with bark that's rough
      resilient
      receptive
to the cries of tradition
tribes and nations
      to be whole

--- e b bortz

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