“Blood Brothers” is a Native American term meaning two men, through the commingling of their blood in a ceremony, swear allegiance to each other. They are brothers not by birth but by choice. Recently, in the midst of all the rhetoric spoken about uniting this country, we hear the phrases “we all bleed red” or “we all bleed the same blood”.  This is the same sentiment spoken by Chief Standing Bear, 138 years ago, when the US government forced the Ponca tribe to uproot and move from their homelands. Standing Bear, in defense of his desire not to have his tribe relocated, went to court and said these words as part of his speech: “That hand is not the color of yours. But if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. I am a man. The same God made both of us.” (emphasis mine) Sound familiar….?

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