Hi my name is James Bush and I am 22 years old. I was born in Minneapolis, M.N. to an alcoholic family. I’ve witnessed two people get shot in the head at the age of 3. After that I was put in the foster care system.
I cam to the “rez” when I was about six or even years old. I was still being moved around from family to family until I came to my uncle’s care. My uncle put me through school at O.L.L., then I went to Red Cloud Highschool after I graduated eight grade. When I got into highschool I started to pick my drinking & smoking habits up on a daily basis.
I dropped out of Cloud when I was 16 years old. After I quit going to school I started to party a lot. I took my partying to Minnesota & California and in the process I joined my crew: West Side Bloods. Then I came back to the “rez”, after I came back my little brother died from alcohol. I fell into a severe depression and began to drink every day.
I met my baby mama in 2010, now my son is 18 months old. I’m proud to be a father but I’m constantly in jail so I have no part in his life ☹ Plus I didn’t want to be with his mother so now she doesn’t want me to be around him.
I’ve currently been in this jail now for 11 months and I still have 7 more months to go. I’ve been working on trying to change my life while I’ve been in here. Its not easy to change but I believe it’ll be worth it in the end. I’ve turned to God for help, which wasn’t part of my life a few years ago, but now I’m experiencing a real change!
My plan for when I get out is the pursuit of my sobriety. I have other plans as well but staying sober is the major goal of my life. I also plan to be a part of my son’s life, if his mother will let me. But I’m dedicated to another woman which is why my son’s mom won’t let be in his life. The last thing of my goals is to achieve a greater education.
one of seven stories created during the writing therapy program at Pine Ridge's Adult Offenders Facility