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Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Buffy Sainte-Marie (Nation: Cree, citizenship: Canadian, 1941)

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Artist included here in our section The World - People & Culture - Indigenous American Peoples

point Buffy Sainte-Marie's Website external link In 2022 the documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it On was released!

point Watch this 5 minute youtube video by Democracy Now on Indigenous Day, presenting Buffy Sainte-Marie external link
point Album Coincidence and Likely Stories external link (1993), where this song is included:


When people ask, “What happened to the North American Indians in the 1880s?”, you can pretty much point to the robber barons of the time who needed to make a fortune in oil, gold and other precious metals. Simple greed in the hands of a powerful few who manipulated the media and politicians. When people ask, “What happened to the Indian movement of the sixties and seventies?”, you can pretty much point to the same motives a hundred years later, with uranium added to the list in very big print. The shocking information in this song is not new, but strung together; the events tell a story that most non-Indian people don’t know. Dedicated to Leonard Peltier, the memory of Anna Mae Aquash and Joseph Stuntz.

Indian legislation on the desk of a do-right Congressman
Now, he don’t know much about the issue
so he picks up the phone and he asks advice from the
Senator out in Indian country
A darling of the energy companies who are
ripping off what’s left of the reservations. Huh.

I learned a safety rule
I don’t know who to thank
Don’t stand between the reservation and the
corporate bank
They send in federal tanks
It isn’t nice but it’s reality

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh.

They got these energy companies that want the land
and they’ve got churches by the dozen who want to
guide our hands
and sign Mother Earth over to pollution, war and
Get rich… get rich quick.


3. We got the federal marshals
We got the covert spies
We got the liars by the fire
We got the FBIs
They lie in court and get nailed
and still Peltier goes off to jail


My girlfriend Annie Mae talked about uranium
Her head was filled with bullets and her body dumped
The FBI cut off her hands and told us she’d died of
Loo loo loo loo loo


We had the Goldrush Wars
Aw, didn’t we learn to crawl and still our history gets
written in a liar’s scrawl
They tell ‘ya “Honey, you can still be an Indian
d-d-down at the ‘Y’
on Saturday nights”

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh!

point Listen to Buffy Sainte-Marie external link talking about her dear lost friend, Anni Mae external link