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Try to do something for your people-- something difficult.
Have pity on your people and love them.
If a man is poor, help him.
Give him and his family food, give them whatever they ask for.
If there is discord among your people, intercede.
Take your Sacred Pipe and walk into thier midst.
Die if necessary in your attempt to bring about reconciliation.
Then, when order has been restored and they see you lying dead on the ground,
still holding in your hand the Sacred Pipe,
the symbol of peace and reconciliation,
then assuredly will they know that you have been a real chief.

Winnebago Lesson