Think of the Black Hills, San Francisco Peaks, Ocotillo, and all the other sacred and significant places that Indigenous nations and peoples are not able to protect from desecration as a result of the dominance of the dominating society. Think of all the Indian lands that are now being wrongfully occupied, and economically benefiting the society of the United States because of successful dominance. Thinks of the waters of Indian nations and peoples that are now under the dominating control of the non-Indian society. I wrote my column in an effort to identify the underlying patterns of domination and dehumanization that are intrinsic to the conceptual and behavioral systems used against our nations and peoples. Those patterns are everywhere in evidence historically, and they continue to operate to this present day, globally. How is it that the words "domination" and "dehumanization" are seldom if ever used to identify those phenomena as problems to be solved? What does any of this have to do with "changing history"? Nothing. To say that we cannot change history is not the same as saying that we cannot work to identify and then end patterns of domination of dehumanization. However, unless we recognize that those patterns exist, both conceptually and behaviorally, then how can we work to end those patterns in our own lives and encourage others to do the same? What is typically called federal Indian law and policy is an institutionalization of domination and dehumanization, yet how often do we ever hear anyone saying so? We have been programmed to never recognize that was has been called "civilization" is from the point of view of an original free and independent existence, domination.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 17:56