posted on Dec, 13 2009 @ 03:45 PM
reply to post by drmeola
And I didn't mean to offend you. But I think that the plight of the American Indian hasn't come far enough that jokes like that make it ok.
Espeically in other parts of the country where they are pretty ignorant of the current way of life and still think Indians live in teepees and wear
I am not myself(not in recent ancestory anyways) but lived in the southwest for a couple of years with Navajo friends. My mother also works for the
civil rights division and works hard to protect minority rights including Native American. And have had many friends of vanishing east coast tribes
along the way.
Now lumping all tribes together would be like linking Europe alltogether. There are huge differences.
So I know that Indians are not thrilled with white man or federal government. Been on the receiving end of it a few times. Teh BOIA is a farse and a
joke. The southwest friends I made were reluctant to befriend a white person. And even though we are all in teh same country, the differences in
culture are world apart.
Its not just mainland, Samoan and Native Alaskans and Canadian suffer humiliations as well. There is so much wonder about the native Hawaiian
population. Yet all we associate with them is the hula girl.
And they resented being made the 50th state. It was their island as far as they are concernced.
And it was discovered by whoever.
So I am totally aware of the injustices. My one friend had to go by bus 2 hours one way off the rez to get a decent education.
But one of the things I really like about Obama is that he has made a lot of headway in a short period of time. More then other presidents I think.
You can never replace what the US has done, there isn't a remedy for that. But any progress is progress.
BTW, thanks for the info on an animal spirit. Though I have tried, I haven never figured mine out. *laughs* It must be very elusive whatever it is.