It is dangerous to bracket Indians together with the races that populate America, as Mark Trahant does. I see this to be an increasing trend. Example, we have the SACNAS - Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and I keep hearing complaints from Mexicans at the society's annual conference that when Chicano students can do well, why don't Indian students do half as well as them? Whenever you lump together Indians with the races that populate America, Indians always lose. Our histories are different, our cultures are different, our circumstances are different, our nations are different. We are also setting ourselves up as a zero-sum game every time someone brackets us with other races. I see Indians supporting illegal Mexicans in Utah. We have no business to intervene unless it affects our sovereignty. It is a mistake to see Mexicans as our allies. They are not our allies - they see themselves as loyal to either Mexico and/or America. Given half a chance, they will sell us for a song. Trahant has also shown in his essay that he does not understand or choses to ignore the concept of Indian sovereignty. We need to stop caring about America, a country that has conquered us, nearly destroyed us and continues to destroy us. We need to focus on OUR people and OUR nations. We need to stop honoring the American flag at our powwows and need to start thinking of ourselves as sovereign (if we are to become truly sovereign).
Monday, March 28, 2011 - 04:42