Marty Two Bulls, ‘Dear Mrs. Eagle’

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ICTMN Staff
3/11/11

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I wish you would use the word Indian instead of Native American. The word 'Native American' implies we are Americans too, just like the others, only been here longer. The Whorfian hypothesis suggests that language influences and controls thought; we should therefore be careful of words we frequently use. The most important thing is sovereignty, sovereignty, sovereignty and even our usage of words should indicate sovereignty.
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Gamma Thank you for your comments it is not often I get to hear from readers. As you know there is an ongoing debate amount the indigenous peoples of North America. Whether we should be called Native American, Native American Indian, Indian, Amerind or just go by our tribal names. I can remember Associated Press debating this for their Style Book back in 1990 and the academics in 1985. I really don’t think that an agreement will ever satisfy everyone. Having said that, I used the terminology that I found on the "Eagle Parts for Native American Religious Purposes Permit Application", to imply that the NEWPR actually wrote the letter to Mrs. Eagle. Thanks again for writing! Marty get your app at: www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-15a.pdf

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