Yellow Bird: Diversity in the United States

"Years ago, my uncle, Clyde Wesley Plenty Chief, was very ill and came near death. When he recovered, he told me his strength was regained by the many, many prayers that were said for him.

He said he had a vision during his illness. In that vision, he could see far above the Dakotas and Montana. Spread out over the land were multicolored quilts that represented the people who had prayed for him. They weren’t just Sahnish (Arikara) people, but people of different religions and colors. Their prayers were heard as one people, he said.

That is what this country is: diverse in religions, races and cultural ways. It is our strength, if we let it be.

These thoughts about diversity and differences brought to mind the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, coming Monday. I realized I don’t hear much about this growing group in our community. With only a little research, I found a Thursday report by the Census Bureau that says the Hispanic population has grown to more than 45 million people. That’s 15 percent of the total population the U.S. and is the largest minority population in the nation.

This group probably will triple by 2050, reports say. "

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Dorreen Yellow Bird: Colorful quilt covers area (The Grand Forks Herald 5/3)

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