To be an:

Carmen in the Cupboard by Carmen Selam of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Carmen in the Cupboard by Carmen Selam of the Institute of American Indian Arts

Overarching assumption restricted to stigmA

Reluctantly given access to the American dreaM

Ironically, only reserved for their first refugE

Granted rights and ownership but revised on papeR

Involuntarily added to cultural genocide alumnI

Neglected healthy natural diet until clinically diabetiC

Accepted only as mascots or subjective academiA

Loathed because we all happened to survive extinctioN

James T. Vallie was born and raised on the Crow reservation and attends Little Big Horn College where he is pursuing an associate’s degree in small business management. Following graduation, he will study chemical engineering at Montana State University.

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