I'm a white gal who, I think, has developed a little deeper understanding of American Indian issues -- hey, I've been a subscriber to ICT since 1999. It started with an interest in the history of the Indian Wars, but then on a trip to Montana, I realized that NA history didn't end with Crazy Horse or even Wounded Knee I. In fact, I find the history of the legal battles even more fascinating and illustrative of the inherent bias of the dominant culture, even those who would consider themselves "friends of the Indians." When I try to discuss these issues with other white liberals, I get a tolerant smile and "Have you been to the museum in DC?" As if that's all there is. Sadly, within the Democratic party, Indian issues have come to be associated with the sixties and the "radical" viewpoints the party now chooses to disown. Notice how even President Obama will play up his support in the Indian press but keeps those issues out of the mainstream.
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 13:09