Professor thank you for articulating your views on this issue, one that is seldom if ever brought forth. As you are well aware, this issue is just the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to Indian-white relations in general. Yet it is these very unarticulated issues that are central to the problems that remain and will persist in Indian-White relations. On the Indian side a lot of the problems stem from a lack of understanding the meanings and intend, the political gymnastics that have governed all Euro-American affairs since they become "civilized". Indians took them at their word, but as we all know Euro-American politics is done for their convenience at the moment. In the Indian world truth was not variable, as it was/is in the Euro-American worlds where whether in politics, religion, education, etc. truth is based on current political expediency. Indians need to more fully understand this "fluid" nature of Euro-American truth and ways, in order to address it directly. A more foundation problem in these issues is much like your example in Canada, how can we expect reconciliation or some type of peace based on the real truths of the matter, when, for example, a rapist doesn't believe he's done anything wrong? In this instance the rapist is the U.S. government and those who supported its actions since first contact. Today most government officials and most white Americans respond to our claims saying "well now you all have casinos and you're all rich, so what's the big deal?" "all that stuff happened in the past, I didn't do it"! Indians need to first understand and articulate this history of Euro-Americans denial before we can truly start to work to define "reconcilation" or perhaps more accurately "conciliation" - "to work with opposing parties with the goal of bringing them to an agreement". A quick and easy task? Certainly not, but one that must begin IF the parties have any real desire to establish an ethical and moral effort.
Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 20:53