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  •  To avoid misunderstanding I think the word bounty (1+ / 0-)
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    should apply to money paid to reward someone for killing or capturing. Bounty is paying for murder when it is paid to reward the killing of human beings because of their race or religion.

    Money paid for an old scalp and which is not being paid with the intent of rewarding someone for killing or capturing is technically not a bounty. It is disrespectful to buy and sell the body parts of murdered people whose relatives would of course find it offensive.

    •  Bounties were paid for murdering native peoples (2+ / 0-)
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      capelza, Ojibwa

      in the past. It this is understood and that people are not confused by misuse of the word bounty in the current time to assume bounties paid in the old days were intended as payment for an old body part of someone who died naturally.

      In the past bounties were intended to reward people fir murdering natives and scalps were expected to be fresh.

    •  No one here misunderstood. (2+ / 0-)
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      capelza, Ojibwa

      "Bounty" is not defined strictly in terms of capturing, and never has been.  And in contemporary Native terms, frankly, it still qualifies as a bounty:  People paying a premium for our bodies, or parts thereof.  And it happens today all over the country.  This just happened to be one that got halted.

      Authentic Native American silverwork, jewelry, photography, and other art here.

      by Aji on Sat Sep 11, 2010 at 11:25:38 AM PDT

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