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  •  Maybe, but I don't think biblical archaeology (0+ / 0-)

    is put to the same sort of political purpose as is the refrain of 'we are all immigrants' regarding Indigenous people.

    If Indigenous people come to be seen as just another immigrant group -- just another ethnic group -- then it may eventually seem unnecessary to engage in government to government relations with tribes. People who insist we are all immigrants are not simply following science where it leads, they are mis-applying a modern notion of the migration of individuals to a vast stretch of time, to time immemorial. The effect is to downplay, discount, or denigrate the origin narratives and the continuing status of tribes as collective entities, as nations. Scientific migration theories are irrelevant to the origin narratives of nations. For the most accurate picture of the land tenure history, identity, and contemporary political motivations of tribes, listen to their origin stories.

    •  Well, I guess that goes back to what I said about (0+ / 0-)

      what the purpose is. Even saying we are all immigrants doesn't necessarily lead to what you are describing, if one doesn't ignore other facts and history.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:42:44 PM PDT

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    •  And actually, given some of the (0+ / 0-)

      discussions some people get into regarding Jews and Palestinians in Israel and Palestine, and who has a right to claim the land, I think there are some similar agendas involved, although the situation is very different.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:46:05 PM PDT

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