"When I was older, I learned what the fighting was about that winter and the next summer. Up on the Madison Fork the Wasichus (white men) had found much of the yellow metal that they worship and that makes them crazy, and they wanted to have a road up through our country to the place where the yellow metal was; but my people did not want the road. It would scare the bison and make them go away, and also it would let the other Wasichus come in like a river. They told us that they wanted only to use a little land, as much as a wagon would take between the wheels; but our people knew better. And when you look about you now, you can see what it was they wanted." -Black Elk Oglala Lakota (Sioux)
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