It is customary for many of us, most notably those of us from the Eastern tribes, to introduce our words in a good way and so we begin:
We offer these words as representative of our individual thoughts learned from our grandmothers and grandfathers and from the academy. Our words do not represent anyone other than ourselves and do not reflect any understandings of our Nations. We hope that these words are taken in a good way and that good comes from ideas presented and lessons learned. We pray that no one is unduly hurt by the words we have set down on paper.