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Mary talks quite a bit about the influence of alcohol on the Indian culture. At times she asserts that white men are to blame for the alcohol problem among Indians because whites introduced whiskey to Native Americans. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Who should be held responsible for the rise of alcoholism among Native Americans?

How do you feel about the role of peyote in Indian culture? Is it a mind-altering drug or an innocent herb used for medicinal purposes?

Mary quotes the Cheyenne proverb that says an Indian nation does not die until the hearts of its women are buried in the earth. How does this quote represent Mary's life? Does she embody the meaning behind this saying?

After reading Mary's story and seeing a new side to the struggle between whites and Indians, have you changed any opinions you may have had...

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