I've written more about tribal politics than about US or state politics, but the lines you seek to draw don't exist. The question, as to each piece of government, is whether it makes decisions that affect Indians. By that standard, school board elections get really important. If you are satisfied with how Indians are treated by any particular government, I guess you don't need to have an opinion or to vote or to give money or to persuade others---you know, practice politics? There's a more sophisticated argument than the one you are making that says voting in the colonial elections amounts to recognizing the hegemony of the colonial government. Seems to me that not recognizing that hegemony as a fact---as distinguished from something you endorse---is like living with a sack over your head and claiming you don't have neighbors who are not Indians....or maybe that unlike all other human beings in the universe, Indians are not affected by the opinions and actions of their neighbors. Let me know how pretending you are exempt from politics works out.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 08:00