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Chief Luther Standing Bear, My People, the Sioux

“It did not occur to me at the time that I was going away to learn the ways of the white man. My idea was that I was leaving the reservation and going to stay away long enough to do some brave deed, and then come home again alive. If I could just do that, then I knew my father would be so proud of me.”

Source: Chief Luther Standing Bear, My People, the Sioux (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1929).