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  • We grow up with elephants on the Rez! Our lives are full of them and they seem to always be in the room, but we still try to ignore them. People hustling everyday and seeking to get their needs met. I see people everyday selling goods and yet you rarely see people asking to work. Yeah every once in awhile you find people who will seek to help you with yard work or some other type of work but you rarely see them. It is is easier to live off of others and many people do not care. I promised myself if I could not afford to feed my family I would leave this place. God has always taken care of my needs and I have often worked. I am a writer and served as a pastor for 17 years. I am a janitor at times, I am a self taught chef and I can cook many things and even work at plating. I worked at the radio station as a volunteer and did ball games and also had my own show. Now I am working on my photography but I sometimes question my ability. I had a lady tell me you can do anything if you have the money. I have traveled America and have spoken to many people and groups. I can be a motivational speaker and have earned money doing this in places like Asia.
    The elephant is we do not work because of the reservation system, because the warden has walked away and now we are trapped in prison system. This is the reality and the elephant in the room keeps us inprisoned. 8 out of 10 people do not work and live day to day on hand outs. I hope I can be different and move from the prison yard but I know I must do it in my mind. I have a dream but I must be unshackled and I see the light but it will take a leap of faith to move toward the light. I have seen what is out there and how difficult it can be but I know with the right mind I can accomplish anything. Like Plato's Cave I know of a better way of life but I know my chains have been broken, now I must seek to walk in the light. Oh the elephant will travel with me but I hope to make him a reminder of a world worth living.
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