I agree that we need to develop a counter argument to refute the view that the first Christian people to “discover” lands inhabited by non-Christians have the right to assert or assume the ultimate dominion to be in themselves relative to the original free and independent nations and peoples of the continent and the hemisphere. We should do something else along with this - we need to DECOLONIZE our minds and hearts. The biggest threat to Indian nations is that our minds and hearts are already colonized. Don't agree with me? Just talk to people on our reservations about how the white man's religion is wrong and see the dirty looks they give you. Or talk to people on the rez about why skins should not serve in the colonizer's military and watch the brainwashing kick in. Or tell people on the rez that we need to stop dating whites and stick to dating skins and see how many will violently disagree with you. The battle is already lost because they have colonized our hearts and minds. People who think like me are virtually non-existent. Newcomb seems to be a refreshing exception.
Friday, June 8, 2012 - 18:06