"Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, holding that the US can abrogate treaties with the Indian nations based on a finding that abrogation is in OUR best interests."(my emphasis)This reminds me of a pow wow event in Portland, Oregon back in 1992. An Indian man dressed in military kakis came walking by Vine Deloria, Jr., and Vine quipped: "Is he on our side or theirs?" Mr. Russell's sentence reflects the schizophrenia in Indian Country as a result of a dual mentality. Think about this for a moment: How can the abrogation of an Indian treaty be in 'our' best interests as Indian nations and peoples. To use the collective pronoun 'our' in this context conflates the interests of Indian nations with the interests of the US which have been at odds with the interests of Indian natios since the US was first politically constructed.
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 17:31