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Kind of Indian

Kind-of Indian.
Am I allowed to love
My People too?

Sort-of Indian.
Even if you can see
My veins are blue?

Part-time Indian.
Am I allowed to dance
And bead like you?

A bit Indian.
"Aren't you white? Or maybe
Mexican too?"

Just part Indian.
Or do I need a card
And paper proof?

Somewhat Indian.
Scottish French and Irish
Are in there too.

Half-breed Indian.
Maybe I feel just as
Native as you.

Kind-of Indian.
Am I allowed to love
My People too?

© Amanda Swayze-Rebeaud.

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