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  • Living as a teenager on the Pine Ridge Reservation near Interior, South Dakota, I drove approximately 30 miles for my first job at Badlands National Monument, which changed to "park" at a later date.

    As I think back now, it was my first experience as an activist working for change. I was employed there for a summer job when I was a junior in high school. I acted as the greeter, presented slide shows, guided the tourists around displays at the visitor center.

    There was one display that showed the Wounded Knee Massacre, but it was titled "The Battle of Wounded Knee", and that bothered me so much that I eventually went to the park superintendent and told him my reasoning about the real history of Wounded Knee, and how it wasn't a battle. I don't know what all he had to do, but he made all the right changes. The sign was changed to say "The Wounded Knee Massacre".
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