posted on Jul, 21 2020 @ 06:48 AM
originally posted by: RelentlessLurkage
I am an indian currently residing in indian territory.
1) we dont refer to ourselves as "native american". We call each other INDIAN. We eat INDIAN tacos, not "native american" tacos. We actually laugh
when some says "native american" as its the quickest way to determine who is a tourist.
2) the term "redskin" is an honorable title we give to our warrior class. We would use red war paint in various configurations to signify rank or
duty. Saying that the term is offensive is in itself...offensive.
3) stay out of whats left of our culture. Whats next? You going to change the name of our state "okla homa"?. That translated from our tongue means
"red people" and its refering to the same warriors as the football team.
I have always felt sports team names that reference Indians or Indian cultural themes as honorary in nature. I have witnessed this slow erosion of
such team names creep across the entire landscape of sports. It depresses me, not only because long-standing traditions (mascots) from my younger days
are being taken away, but it feels like these appellations were intended to call attention to the attributes of Indian Braves in past times (courage,
fierce fighters, not quitting even if victory was out of reach) and in some way translate those characteristics from field of battle to field of
I do know that there are members from some tribes that don't feel the same way as you do, that complain about team names referring to Indians. Outside
of MSM news stories, in speaking with people, though, it's my experience that those against Indian-derived team names constitute a vocal minority.
It's been a very tough and unforgiving road to where we're at today in the US when it comes to how Indians have fared, and how they have been treated
historically, in this country, and sadly Indians have been given the short shrift in everything from land ownership and use, jobs, proportion of
social problems like poverty and addiction. I have met Indians both near where I grew up in rural New York (traditionally home to the Iroquois
people), and in my travels throughout the country. It's been my experience that many Indians want to move past the dark days from the past, and carve
out a new path, and a new niche, of being just regular US citizens without fuss or fanfare, but keeping in touch and recognizing/honoring their many
traditions and customs from the old times.