we as NDNs should quit thinking the US government is an ally or friend to our Native nations. from the US government's stance, our ancestors were the original terrorists. From the state's position, both Geronimo and bin Laden were threats to the security of the nation. it shouldn't come as a surprise to us that the military and DOD would use our 'freedom fighter's' names in this kind of way. interestingly, the military refers to the unsecured areas of Afghanistan as Indian Country. This was not a geographic label that Natives came up with, but was a term coined by the US government to define areas where Natives lived and made up the bulk of the population. Now, why would they call Afghanistan's unsecured areas Indian Country too? think about it, the US gov is no friend to Native communities, we are still at war with the United States ourselves.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 20:09