Here we go again. The same old diatribe about Chuck's view of "victimhood". He pontificates on Indian issues, but he himself is so far removed from reservation life he can no longer relate to the grassroots issues issues affecting most Native Americans. I will state again, I respect Mr. Trimble, but I wonder when he will realize we are not victims of our past, we are the survivors. We remember the past, so as not to allow its repetition in the future. We honor our past, we do not kill ourselves because of it. Mr. Trimble should have given a talk about how the students are the new leaders, our young warriors, young men and women alike with equal opportunities to learn, earn, and build a better life for themselves and in doing so will enrich their tribes and reservations. He does say some of this, but his victimhood speach is so misdirected. Chuck just does not get the idea that what most advocates and others believe is that there is an intergenerational cycle of abuse - ingrained from the residential school era - that has created a cycle of victims through, violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse. This is the true nature of what we are dealing with in terms of victimhood, and many Native Americans are dealing with this issue, not the so called "victimhood" that Chuck always describes. In fact, while he steadfastly denies that sexual abuse ever took place at this alma mater, St. Francis, many of his contemporaries speak to the horrors of physical and sexual abuse that took place there. I challenge Chuck to listen and learn, and not be so pig-headed and unable to face the truth about the residential school era. He should thank the creator that he was not a victim of sexual abuse, and not judge or disbelieve those that have the courage to face the truth and expose it for what it was.
Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 15:42