Great article. It is unfortunate that many of our fellow Americans are uneducated and ignorant of historic and current US policy toward Native Americans. Even the "elite" minded like John Stossel are some of the worst offenders of spreading misinformation about Native people. I could take out a page of the history books from political and religious leaders who had similar thoughts about assimilation, merging with society, or abandoning our backward ways. If we just realized how much the US Government wanted to help us, we would be freed from our destitution. We were the ones at fault for not accepting "progress". We were at fault for not moving off of prime land because we wouldn't know what to do with it. The wealth of this country is a result of stealing and pillaging from the indigenous people. This is why the majority of the US is ignorant about Native people. The true story is a tragedy and shows that the US wasn't founded on equality and liberty. It was founded on a scale of destruction that dwarfs the tragedy in Rwanda and the Holocaust. No politician would want this image of our country shared to our youth. That is why these pages of history are ommitted from our textbooks. This is why Native people are shunned and forgotten. The public is taught that we get free money every month from the government. We get free education and free health care. Misinformation is a powerful tool and it is usually spread for wanton purposes. When I see this misinformation and lies, I just let people know that Native Americans are sovereign governments and this will not change anytime soon. Accept it, deal with it, live with it, learn from it, benefit from it.
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 23:02