since before the military came

                                                                             since before the military came

                                                                      and bulldozed our old sod houses our entire village

                                               so they could make a runway and yes we are still angry about that

                                                                  and we are still wanting reparations for what they did

                                                                               they finally did take that hangar down and it

looks better without that big old thing on there

and I know we are still looking for

                       what was lost in the nuna on that day

                                                                                        what they did was wrong

and we are still here

                       and even though the military still today has that huge other hangar

                                                                                                      on the other side with that

                                                                                                                             military man

                                                                                                   who lives in there that we have

                                                                                                                                      never met

                                                               and the other that relieves him every three weeks or so  

we were here before

they put those big humongous radar ears up       

and then took them down   

and yes they left many barrels and still never got all of them

we all want all their residue

               to be

    off our island forever

                                                     we were here before

                              the government started drawing arbitrary lines

                                        encasing us into this wildlife refuge

                                      without our full knowledge or consent

rest of we acknowledge ourselves by Allison Akootchook Warden

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/158110/we-acknowledge-ourselves

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