Thanks again Steven. A problem in Indian Country is that we don't educate our young people about how U.S. politics, such as the Dawest Act, created the legal environment we remain trapped in. When I inherited my allotment interests, I had no idea what allotment was. When I tried to get clarification from the BIA, their "legalise" only confused me more. It took years for me to get some clarification on what allotment was (this was before Wikipedia and all the excellent books now available). Today, when I get asked to speak before Indian youth, I always bring up topics such as allotment and STILL most have never heard of it, nor have any firm knowledge about the legal environment that will government much of their lives - neither do they know about Removal, Relocation, ICWA, NAGPRA, tribal sovereignty, etc. etc. Indian Country does them a HUGE disservice to them by not educating them about these subjects. Failure to educate them on these topics assures that future generations will remain ignorant about the legal and political environment that controls Indian Country and will keep them subordinate to the whims of U.S. politics. This WAS and IS the goal of the U.S. political system when it comes to Indian Country. How long will the tribal governments and tribal organizations allow it to continue? Teaching Indian youth about this history does not have to be a huge effort because all the facts are now easily available online and in libraries to those who make the effort to do the research and incorporate this information into lesson plans. Indian Country should know by now that the U.S. education system avoids including the details of this history in its curriculums - largely because, to be blunt, the details reveal how treacherous, brutal, unjust, criminal, and cowardly was the process of the U.S. gaining control of this continent. So Indian Country should never "hope" that some day they might include this factual history - rather, if Indian Country wants it to be known - it will need to do the educating itself, starting with the tribal and Indian controlled organizations.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 22:26