Black Elk (1863-1950)
“We were in our own country all the time and we only wanted to be let alone. The soldiers came there to kill us, and many got rubbed out. It was our country and we did not want to have trouble.”
- From Black Elk Speaks (chapter 9), narrated by Black Elk and recorded by John G. Neihardt (the edition used here is University of Nebraska Press, 2014).