My Heart Is On The Ground


Pretty words and stories from the times
Of Boarding schools and other heinous crimes
So I took the book down from the shelf
To read all the lies for myself

They took our hopes They took our dreams
Romanticized them for young minds

My heart is on the ground
My heart is on the ground
Don’t see any truth around
My heart is on the ground

Carlisle Indian school had a plan
“We’ll kill the Indian to save the man.”
Our way of life was never the same
Time has passed but hasn’t dulled the pain

So traditions go
Nobody wins
I guess it’s my turn to sing


I’ve had my fill
Of authors and liars
Who corrupt our stories
For hire


Written by Arigon Starr
©2000 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

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Another song from Arigon literally ripped from the headlines. “I learned about a really dangerous children’s book through an article on the internet. It’s called “My Heart Is On The Ground,” part of the Scholastic book series “Dear America.” This fictional diary is from the perspective of a young Indian girl who attended Carlisle Indian School. Instead of telling the story of the devastation of a thriving culture, this book sings the praises of assimilation and blending with the dominate culture. Children are learning our history and how to treat us from books like this.”