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We Are Also Americans

by Carolyne Gould

We are the children of the people that met the Mayflower,
But, we are also the children of the people who sailed on that ship.
We are the children of the plantation owner.
But, we are also the children of the slaves that felt the whip.

We are also Americans!

We are the children of Tecumseh, Black Hawk and Chief Joseph,
But, we are also the children of Lincoln, Adams, and Washington.
We are the children of Crazy Horse, Geronimo, and Cochise,
But, we are also the children of Pershing, MacArthur, and Patton.

We are also Americans!

We are the children of the half-breeds, mixed-bloods, and Metis of many tribes,
But, we are also the children of the Irish, French and Scottish from far lands.
We are the children of the Celts, Germans and Italians,
But, we are also the turtles that lay our eggs on Turtle Island's sand.

We are also Americans!

We are the children of Thomas's Regiment and the Navajo code talkers,
But, we are also the children of the Nissan Regiment.
We are the children of the Six Nations, the Seven Council Fires,

and the Star nations.
But, we are also the children of the voyaguers, the Bois Brule, and the pioneers.

We are Americans --- We are all related!