Let Me Ask You A Question – 10/9/17

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Let me ask you a question:

Why does the United States not have a month dedicated to honoring and raising awareness of Native American heritage?  

36 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 10/9/17

  1. We have hidden them on the reservations, in our midst, many confuse them with Mexicans thinking them immigrants , and mostly, we prefer to celebrate our myths ( for good or ill) of them and forget that we tried to exterminate them. After all, it did take the Civil Rights Movement of Freedom Rides, marches, and urban riots to force Black History Month down the gagging throats of White America. And the statues of Confederate generals mostly still stand and the evil they defended is still denied by too many.

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  2. That’s a good question. The plight of Bative Americans has been summarily dismissed. And the depiction of them being the “bad guys” in film and books? Insulting, to say the least. They were merely protecting their home from a vast array of European greed mongers and murderers. Your question today is indeed a good one. And one that someone should answer to. Hell, Native Americans are still treated as second-class citizens and relegated to “reservations”. It’s really a story that needs to be revisited and rewritten.

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      • It’s yet another travesty perpetrated by European settlers and explorers that’s been swept unde the rug. History is vastly different from the convenience of their versions. Hero’s to be celebrated? Nope. Conquerors and disease infestors are what they were. Now, I wouldn’t be an American without them. But that doesn’t justify their methods.

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  3. My personal opinion is that the U.S. government still considers native Americans as second class citizens. DAPL is a perfect example of how the government overrode their own treaty to honor land deemed sacred by the native Americans that lived there. Not only were they dishonored, all tribes who came together felt as though they weren’t being recognized or treated with the respect or compassion that they should have been. As long as separation is kept alive, indigenous Americans won’t be recognized or honored as they should be. Again, my personal experience and opinion.

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  4. It is thought provoking but an age old shame of why the indigenous people of this great country were shoved into small parcels of land with no viable means of shelter or from good hunting lands, all horrible history. Still existing today.

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  5. We stole their country and put them on reservations. We took away their rights. Why would you expect this country to actually honor them for their part in history? It was stolen from them. We are the immigrants here, not them. This subject makes me so angry.

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  6. At first I was going to say why not every day. But as I thought more about it, I think perhaps like black history month there could be a Native American history month. We need to honor and respect them every day. But if there were a month, especially in the schools, we could really focus on the history (true History) and contributions that they have made to this country. But the only way that would work would be to bring them to the table for the discussion. There are so many atrocities that still happen it just hurts my heart!

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  7. Here in Canada we have reservations that do not have potable water! Yes! We need a Native People’s month as well. We are currently going through a truth and reconciliation about the residential schools and all of that tragic history. It has been a long drawn out process and still there seems to be no real resolve. Now the government has announced there will be financial compensation but that still cannot give the children who had their heritage and language and history stolen from them returned. I hope there is still a chance for the commission to help these people .

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