It's heart warming to see young people take the time to post such a well-written letter on a topic obviously close to her heart. Conversely, it is upsetting to me (quietly following this publication for years) to see an immediate response of name-calling and complaint that her opinion, which may be different from others here, should not be allowed... that she is a fraud, and worse. Since when did we begin to censor the freedom of our press? When were comments not allowed in from readers on subjects of interest to all? It is everyone's right,,, yes, every one of us,,, to be able to freely voice an opinion on any topic we wish, but does that mean that as a response, others are freely able to slam and insult them at the very first opportunity. There was no solicitation of this writer's letter, but does that mean there is only one perspective on any issue presented here. I don't want to see this publication becoming one-sided and biassed. I want to read all sides of a question, because we all benefit from other's points of view. We learn from each other. I agree with other writers here who encourage us that people of the tribes should come together to increase our numbers, not push some out because of uncomfortable discussions. There are so many of us who cannot definitively, prove with paperwork on official record our ancestral membership to a tribe. In old days, there were small scraps of paper, that few might be able to read, that were passed, and saved, or lost in confusion of forced moves, fires, re-location. There was no internet to store information, there were few people willing to help maintain files of people who were often not even given a proper name by the government. (My Grandfather's wife, my Grandmother a Blackfoot, was simply called, Indian Wife, on official documents.. hardly formal proof of membership not alone, of citizenship.) I hope to see others come forward to comment and add their opinions here, without fear of immediate demands for censorship. If we all are to learn and grow and prosper we can't demand only a closed, small select group to be allowed to participate, and only if that comment already agrees with our own opinions. When that day comes, the free press will stop dead in its tracks.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 17:21