Lise happens to be a very dear friend of mine and I don't normally disagree with anything she says or writes. In fact I'm not necessarily disagreeing with her now. However, I do want to say something about this furor over the military using an important Indian as a code name. Yes this was not a wise choice and because of this it has Indian Country all up in arms. This is a safe subject to be up in arms about. My issue with this debate or discussion is why do most people jump in when the debate or subject is safe and not when the subject is controversial. We don't take the road or the stand that Geronimo would have taken when the subject is, for example, the Cobell Agreement or the hiring of Indian people within our own economic activities. No you will find everyone hiding behind others whispering their support or only shaking or nodding their heads. I want to challenge all of those who have stepped into this discussion and let me hear or read what you have to say when it's a real tough issue that only a few of us dare to wade in... I for one don't think using or not using a name will save my land or keep the states from proposing high taxes on the development of our resources. It’s easy to weigh in on this subject because it’s not going to make you any enemies that you have to face walking down some aisle at a meeting. Stand up and be counted when it’s important to stand up. I do however support everyone’s right to be upset by anything that makes them want to stand up and voice their oppionion.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 18:32