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    United States, and the United States thanks them by trying to destroy the very cultures and traditions that helped make their service so vital to the war effort.

    We have old songs that tell similar stories, but in our case, the real horror stopped sometime between 1890 and 1920. No one still lives who remembers it.

    One of the most important lessons about history I learned in my AP American History class. My teacher, and I can't remember his name, was answering a question.

    "If the Germans had won the second world war, or it had ended in armistice, they would probably teach about the Jews what we teach about the Native Americans. That it was horrible, and terrible, but that it had to happen in order for us to become a powerful country." He was critical of the book on those points.

    And really, that's what our books say. That somehow leaving people alone to be themselves their own cultures, in the infertile and worthless land onto which we had cleared them is somehow incompatible with American prosperity.

    I have never understood that. How could a group of people who simply wanted to be let alone be such a threat to the juggernaut that is America? And I've heard the same statements made, about Turkey and the Armenians, about land clearances in Britain, and attacks on minority languages there, and in France, and in Spain. And back, and back through history, back to the Romans that our founding fathers so idolized.

    Robbers of the world, having by their universal plunder exhausted the land, they rifle the deep. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if he be poor, they lust for dominion; neither the east nor the west has been able to satisfy them. Alone among men they covet with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To robbery, slaughter, plunder, they give the lying name of empire; they make a desert and call it peace.
    But that's history. History is cruel, and it happened so very long ago. But not for you. This isn't history for the native Americans, this is memory.

    It was kind of a shock to my system when I realized that there are people I know who went to segregated schools. That this was only 20 or 30 years before I was born.

    The same is true of this history. The Wounded Knee incident happened 11 years before I was born...

    Thanks for these Diaries Ojibwa.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:22:25 AM PST

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