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Gene Alford, Sr.
The Eagle Flies High
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He lived through boarding school
His knowledge was a tool
He kept his old ways
Never needed praise


He served in World War II
Prayers got him through
He shared all he learned
I won't forget his words


"The eagle flies high --
So can I."


Her family left the state
They chose to relocate
Right then she made a pact
She promised to go back


Her life is beyond belief
She became a Cherokee Chief
Her life has made her wise
I saw it in her eyes


The eagle flies high
So can I


You think you've got time to kill
Well, the world will not stand still
Pick yourself up and let's get going


It's tough to believe
You have the answers that you need
The old ones will stand by
All you got to do it is try

The eagle flies high
So can I
The eagle flies high
So can I


Lead Guitar: Jeff Ruiz
Mellotron: Ben Moore


Written by Arigon Starr 
© 2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP) 
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

						
Arigon's Uncle Eugene Alford, Sr. He inspired a lot of people, including author Vincent L. Mendoza, who wrote about an encounter with "Uncle Doc" in his book "Son of Two Bloods." The book was the winner of the North American Indian Prose Award and was published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Wilma Mankiller

Wilma Mankiller became the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985.


ABOUT THE EAGLE FLIES HIGH

This is an account of two important lives. My uncle Gene Alford, a decorated World War II veteran from the Loyal Shawnee tribe and former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Wilma Mankiller. Both were leaders in their communities in Oklahoma - and both had a great impact on my life. I hope to follow their example and soar like an eagle. It's also a Beatle-fanatics dream track. Spot the references to classic Beatles songs as you listen!

  READ MORE ABOUT IT...AAAAY!

MANKILLER: A CHIEF AND HER PEOPLE by Wilma Mankiller and Michael Wallis

"As one woman's journey, Mankiller opens the heart. As the history of a people, it informs the mind. Together, it teaches us that, as long as people like Wilma Mankiller carry the flame within them, centuries of ignorance and genocide cannot extinguish the human spirit." - Gloria Steinem.

Gloria, we couldn't have said it any better. A must read!


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