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By Gwen Nell Westerman

We are so honored that
              you are here, they said.
We know that this is
             your homeland, they said.
The admission price
             is five dollars, they said.
Here is your button
             for the event, they said.
It means so much to us that
             you are here, they said.
We want to write
             an apology letter, they said.
Tell us what to say.


Gwen Nell Westerman, "Dakota Homecoming" from New Poets of Native Nations. Copyright © 2018 by Gwen Nell Westerman.  Reprinted by permission of Gwen Nell Westerman.

  • Relationships
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Gwen Nell Westerman
Gwen Nell Westerman is Dakota, enrolled with the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation through her mother. She is author of Follow the Blackbirds. See More By This Poet

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