I think the "Idle No More" movement is encouraging as social network young people based effort that includes environmental activism. Because statistically our numbers are small, so we need partnerships with activist non-Natives which increases our visibility. I have long wished for tribal governments to join together to create an independent Native controlled lobbying group, that monitors and acts upon issues at the federal level, in addition to their dealing with just their individual issues. Every other group in the U.S. has independent lobbying groups that actively engage in the U.S. politicial process and decision-making at the highest levels, we are the only group that doesn't. Whatever methods are undertaken, Indian Country needs to get clear that the continuing methods and terminology of conquest are only how the dominant culture has shaped and attempts to keep hold of its status - We need not be confined by it. Our goal is to look BEYOND the dominant cultures interpretation of history and how it has structured its legal stranglehold over us. Political and statistical realities require us to gain knowledge of the dominant culture's methods, in order to use them to our advantage and to find new ways to work around them.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 15:36