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Chapter Two

  1. Explain why Mary says “Free enterprise has no future on the res.”

  1. Give three descriptions of the traditional tiyospaye, the extended Sioux family.

  1. What did missionaries believe the old family unit was a barrier to?

  1. What does Mary say is the “only thing reminding one of the old Sioux family group”?

  1. What are the only two things Mary says she knows about her real father?

  1. What do you think Mary means when she says about her stepfather that she “did not like the way he stared at me. It made me uncomfortable.”?

  1. How does Mary describe the little settlements her family lived in while growing up?

  1. Why does Mary say that her people are “losing the coming generation”?

  1. Mary’s grandmother told her about visitors: “Even if there’s not much left, they gonna eat. . . And whatever is left after they leave, even if it’s only a small dried-up piece of fry bread, that’s what we eat.” Explain in your own words what she was trying to teach Mary.

  1. Why did Mary’s grandmother tell her never to go into a white person’s house?

  1. Why wouldn’t Mary’s grandmother teach her the Lakota language?

  1. What did Mary’s grandmother think was the “key which would magically unlock the door leading to the good life”?

  1. Who taught Mary how to be an Indian?

  1. Why do traditional Sioux families fasten a beaded turtle on a newborn’s cradle?

  1. What happened to Mary’s Aunt Elsie Flood?

  1. Why does Mary say that she and other reservation kids did not suffer from being poor?

  1. What did Mary and other reservation kids have that white kids didn’t?

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