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    after the Indian wars the "half-breeds and "interpeters" called "eiyeska" took over as the ruling class on the reservation homelands. Light skinned was always best. Fullbloods were looked down on and called "blanket asses" or "prairie niggers" and frozen out of jobs and power. At Wounded Knee in 1973 some of the people fighting the hardest against us were the eyeska and their white rancher allies. Now it has changed a lot and fullbloods who can speak the language are in demand. But a look at the Tribal Chairman's association pictures shows the mixed races are still in command.

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