I'm a historian, not a lawyer (sometimes I wish I were). so much to say on this topic... a major issue in Indian Country is that our leadership for the most part doesn't question the foundational principles of federal Indian law - in fact I believe for the most part they I don't think about it at all, they just accept it. How can this be changed? I'd like to see NARF or NCAI or some NDN group, or perhaps the UN address the topic in some larger way - perhaps a conference with a title such as "Questioning the Source of Federal Indian law" - the point is to expose the foundation principles and question their legitimacy. Also, because the Bible is an essential element of U.S. law - even though most Americans are in denial of this fact - we need to understand it better. For example in Genesis 1:28, the command to have "dominion over the earth" was said to those who believe in the God or Israel, later Christians - it does NOT specify white people or European people, in fact the people of that time in the middle-east were Arabic, African, and Eurasian mixes. Today most people "assume" the God of Israel was talking to white or euro people (which is why the U.S.s Anglo/Northern European dominant groups placed themselves above others), but that is not His point - the Bible must be understood in the context of its world. Those commands were addressed to Believers of many colors, not just one racial group. But like many other Biblical concepts, it has been hijacked first by Europeans and later Americans to justify their ungodly, self-serving actions. And unfortunately most of the "civilized" world now believes it. To put it simply, it is these basic "assumptions" most Americans and NDN's have today that need to be re-examined from the context of their original meanings, not later interpretations. I believe the real reason that most Americans, Christians, colonized NDN's don't want to really examine these foundational concepts, is that they know at some deeper level, that the institutions of colonization that justifies the U.S.'s empire building history, are in fact "built on sand" not solid rock.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 22:14