Understand Each Other
Joseph Medicine Crow
Generally, the white people regard us Indians as savages, ignorant, can’t get along with the white man.1 That’s their attitude over there, “Well, they’re wild. They’re savages. No use of fooling around with them.”2 It was my idea, even a prayer, that I would find the ways and means of bringing the Indian people and the white people together to work together, play together and understand each other and perhaps in a way love each other as one people.3 So, one of the projects I started — I started all kinds of things, so there were ceremonial rodeo activities. But the one I’m really proud of: All-American Indian Day. There in Sheridan, Wyoming in the early age, I think about early 50s, bringing a tribe to Sheridan, Wyoming, and the thing that attracted these families to come was a staging of an Indian American pageant.