The book America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014), by Dinesh D’Souza, is an effort to attack U.S. President Barack Obama.
(As told by Lionel Kitpu’se Pinn © 2005)
Eighty years ago last month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Wheeler-Howard Act aka the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA), devised and championed by then-Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier.
The Fourth of July has come and gone. America once again celebrated the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain with fireworks, barbeques and parades.
The accepted story of how the English settled New England begins with a virgin soil epidemic destroying 90 to 95 percent of the native population. The range of this plague is very specific, between the Saco River (present day Maine) and southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.
Not just Americans, but the entire globe.
People know that the founders didn't mean it then, nor does this nation mean it now. Sure the words were written down, and our leaders frequently point to them as evidence that we are good. But no one really meant them.
Consider for a moment the existence of any Original Nation of this continent that has had a relationship with its territory for countless generations.
The Canadian Supreme Court recently elaborated legal rules affecting non-Aboriginal encroachment on Native lands. The unanimous decision, Tsilhqot’in Nation v.
Every country has founding myths. The most powerful of these stories suggest a people are particularly blessed by God. In the United States, we too have these stories, but building a common national identity is more difficult because we are a nation of immigrants.
Whatever you think of the accomplishments of the American Indian Movement, Indian-on-Indian violence is a lasting stain on the organization. It was not good for health or longevity to be “bad-jacketed,” talked about as a “snitch.”
To say that the Black Hills (Kȟe Sapa) hold special significance for the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) is an understatement. They’re not only our traditional homelands, where our ancestors once lived, they’re sacred.
In a recent ICTMN column “Dangerous Dissent in Michigan v.
The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that rates of co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse, especially alcohol, are higher among Native Americans, and that the suicide rate among the Native population is 50 percent higher than the national rate.
Honest politics practiced between the Indian nations and the colonists must always be, or should always be, coalition politics.