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By Dawn Quigley

Langston, we too, sing  Turtle Island.

We are the 574 Nations.
They want to hide us
In the past tense,
Yet we love,
And dream,
And are still here.

Today, now,
We are at the oval table
As our women lead.
Nobody can ever
Say to us,
“Natives lived, Natives ate, drank, led.”
We are present tense.

They will know what we’ve always known
And be humbled—

We, too, sing  Turtle Island.

Source: Poetry (March 2021)

  • Social Commentaries

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Dawn Quigley
Dawn Quigley is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She lives in Minnesota. See More By This Poet

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