The Accords

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A Native man is to go to the Paris Peace Accords, Vietnam has ended. Now he has gotten all grinded in his gears, his daughter is there to comfort him.

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  • Okay, Dad. It's almost time.
  • Okay. I'm just a little on edge.
  • 1973, New York
  • The helicopter will be here in just -
  • Three or four minutes, I heard the guy, Dad.
  • I know I'm all over and stressed out. When I grew up nobody I knew had any power. The Peace Accords are a big deal. The criticism. All of it.
  • Oh I know, you're absolutely right. You are. I couldn't take it, it's so important. Very important. You know? I'm still on edge. Still.
  • It's weird, you know? I am the one Native there, speaking with all those men. Discussing the world. Your uncle was in Vietnam for three years before he bit the bullet.
  • I understand. And uncle Laurence is still here, on this plane, with us. He's the reason you're shaken up. The Paris peace accords. Yeah. Well, at least they'll be good with us. With everyone. Everyone will be good.
  • Oh, okay. I think it's a little weird. You, it is no reason to give yourself the jitters. Jitters. Sorry. It's okay to be on edge, but because you're a Native? You're already in power.
  • Oh, no no no. We're leaving the country for France now. Nixon is going to the conference.
  • I know what the capitol means, Dad.
  • What countries are gonna be there, Dad? Realistically I would expect most of them.
  • You're always right. Always. I love that. I love it. I just had my head on semi-straight. Natives are supposed to evolve like the rest of humanity. And some aren't.
  • When my father was growing up, he was in the tents and hunting and doing all that. I'm lucky, you're lucky were not ridiculed, getting arrested, on drugs like all the rest of the Indians nowaday. No, I'm a wreck.
  • Oh, the look on them, us... The thing... is... the stereotypical things... The hunting, stuff like that. The roles. It sounds nice.
  • Dad, we're integrated into society, by your choice, you got up and got into politics, somehow you didn't fall into the stuff. Drugs, alcohol. Getting arrested.
  • But it isn't for everyone, some still live it. Struggling. The government and their residential schools. You weren't in that system...
  • And it did.
  • Okay... I'm relaxing... You're good. Really good. Why am I saying that? I'm a good person, I'm a rich politician, never forced into a residential school, got an education. Saving money by living in an apartment.
  • Grandma was white, and being a security guard at a government building CAN and will give you support.
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