I am Mormon, I am white, and I completely agree with you. If you lived in the past you would not be concerned with issues of today, which you obviously are. Being concerned with the past and remembering the events of the past is what shapes us, what guide us, and what can help us learn and progress and make corrections where needed. And as far as this country is concerned, we must remember and learn about the Native Heritage; in fact, the history of the US is merely a subset of the history of Native America. And as far as Mormons are concerned, if they truly lived their religion, they would love to hear of the past – the sufferings, the injustices, and the triumphs of Native Americans. The Mormon Church Historian in 2010, Marlin Jensen, spoke at a Mormon Pioneer Day celebration and said Mormons need to remember “the rest of the story” (see Church News section of Deseret News, July 24, 2010). In that speech he said we need to remember the Native Americans who were already living in the Utah Great Basin at the time the Mormon pioneers settled there. "It is seldom given adequate prominence” he said. He went on to say, "The Pioneers no more 'discovered' the Great Basin than Columbus 'discovered' America … I think telling the rest of the story requires one to acknowledge that Indians made sincere and often heroic efforts to absorb the tide of Mormon emigrants and to peacefully and even symbiotically co-exist with them.” He then concluded, speaking to Mormons, that ," What we can do, the least we can do from a distance of 160 years, is to acknowledge and appreciate the monumental loss this represents on the part of Utah's Indians. That loss and its 160-year aftermath are the rest of the story. We can also work until the rest of the story becomes an integral part of the story; until Wakara, Wanship, Washakie and Black Hawk have their appropriate place in Utah's history books [and] Utah's history includes Indian history.” So please don’t stop trying to help the rest of us learn about your past. Some of us appreciate it. Keep telling the story and maybe more will finally listen.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 19:04