I don't believe it is racism as much as being ill-informed, ill-advised. THese days, 'racism'-term is used as much to downplay a statement or dis-agreement with the majority. "Racism" i believe has been watered down by political pro-opp ponents. In my experience , 'racism' or a much lighter form of 'discrimination' is just as prevelant among indian people or tribal/community people as what the article tries to re-affirm. I don't disagree that discrimination is prevelant outside, but the secret is indian people are just as suspect to implement discrimination (maybe racism) among to their tribal people / tribal co-workers / tribal families. If your a localized tribal member or 'native' to the area - why is there a $50 co-charge to a motel room than if your a tribal member coming in from outside the REZ? The $50 is used to cover any damages to the room from "wild parties" or "out of hand events". Why does an native familiy in a touristy restaraunt on the REZ have to sit an wait while the native waiter/waitress tends a tourist couple that came in later, but got seated sooner than the native family waiting (not once but on other occassions). Why does a 'white' co-worker get more attention and more participation from co-workers than an obviously experienced, informed native worker in the work environment? Why are you working at a State-funded institution than for working and/or sharing your experience with your localized tribally-US Govt. funded educational insitution?
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 09:17