By Mark Monroe
This autobiography of Mark Monroe, a Lokota Sioux Indian, describes his lifelong confrontations with racism, violence, own hardships together with alcoholism, unemployment and affliction in addition to his founding of the yank Indian Council in 1973.
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It was a pretty goodsized base, maybe five to six miles away. I went to this holding company the latter part of September and was due to be discharged November 21 or 22. When I arrived, Colonel Getman was the company commander. When he looked at my records and found out I'd been in Korea and had a cook MOS since coming to Camp Aturbury, he was happy. He asked me if I could take + A Second Gunner + 43 charge of the kitchen. " I could cook a complete meal for breakfast, dinner, and supper and got to the point where I was pretty good at it.
While I was working in the kitchen, our mess sergeant, Sergeant Lucas, took an interest in me and started to teach me how to cook. He said after I got out of the Army I'd have a vocation. So I went to the cook and bakery school for about nine weeks right there at Camp Aturbury. I learned the 42 • C HAP T E R • III basics of cooking meat, vegetables, fish, and so on. After I got out of that school, I came back to the company area and began cooking in the kitchen as second cook. During the latter part of September 1951, we learned that the Twenty-eighth Division was going to be shipped to Germany, to be stationed there until after the war.
It was in the fall of 1941. When the truck came, two other families-one my Uncle Morris's and the other Uncle Jimmy's-with their clothes and whatever else they could take with them, were on board. We left. The truck drove and drove, and in a few places we would stop to eat and then get back on again. Finally, we came to Alliance, Nebraska. Everything changed for us there. Many times I was to look back on those days in Wood and remember how good our life had been. C+H+A+P+T+E+R II HARD TIMES All iance, Nebraska fter we arrived in Alliance, the first place we worked was on a large potato farm.
An Indian in White America by Mark Monroe