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    jakbeau, bluewolverine, Reel Woman

    It's such a large subject and seems so far in the past that most Americans don't understand why we Indians look at Columbus as a murderer and the beginning of our own demise. That also makes it hard for the average American to understand that the harm began then is still hurting American Indians today. As recently as 2005 anti-Indian haters on the Supreme Court used the ignorant and racist "Doctrine of Discovery" to justify their desire to distroy our governments. The doctrine is based on "Papel Bulls" which declared us to be subhuman.
    In my personal life my Grandmother and Grandfather were rounded up by the Calvary and forced along with the rest of my Ponca Tribe to march from South Dakota to Oklahoma where my Mother was born. One third of us died then, so the effects of the ugly 'discovery' and it's subsequent 'doctrine' are real in todays world too.
    Perhaps people should remember that every decade of every century since Columbus has meant a hard struggle and fight for each and every Indian person just trying to survive. The suffering and fighting may ebb and flow in various places and at various times but there has never been a decade since 1492 without Indian people somewhere being killed and displaced for the crime of being Indian. 2007 or 1492, missionaries and conquerors still comb the jungle for the last of us living free, while those of us living within the "greater society" fight hard each day to remain Indian and survive as a people.

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