Roy reads this out just before he sings "I Hate the White Man" or maybe after he's sung it not sure which I still have to nail down which album it is on. It is on a bootleg recording The Red Lion Folk Club Birmingham 1984 Show 2 but I was positive it was on an offical album as well but having rummaged around twice now I think my old brain cell is acting up.
Apparently the piece is from a book of native American verse called 'Touch the Earth'. As Roy says the piece below is by Alleek-chea-ahoosh who is also known as Chief Plenty Coups.
By the time I was forty I could see that our country was changing fast, and that these changes were causing us to live very differently. Anybody could now see that soon there would be no buffalo on the plains and everybody was wondering how we could live after they were gone. There were few war parties and almost no raids…..White men, with their spotted buffalo were on the plains about us. Their houses were near the water holes, and their villages on the rivers.
We made up our minds to be friendly with them, in spite of all the changes they were bringing. But we found this difficult, because the white men too often promised to do one thing and then when they acted at all, did another. They spoke very loudly when they said their laws were made for everybody; but we soon learned that although they expected us to keep them, they thought nothing of breaking them themselves. They told us not to drink whisky, yet they made it themselves and traded it to us for furs and robes until both were nearly gone. Their wise ones said we might have their religion, but when we tried to understand it we found that there were too many kinds of religion among white men for us to understand, and that scarcely any two white men agreed which was the right one to learn.
This bothered us a great deal until we saw that the white man did not take his religion any more seriously than he did his laws, and that he kept both of them just behind him, like helpers, to use when they might do him most good in his dealings with strangers. These were not our ways. We kept the laws we made and lived our religion. We have never been able to understand the white man, who fools nobody but himself.
Alleek-chea-ahoosh Crow Indian, 1848-1932