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We have just celebrated The Fourth of July,  watched the fireworks and all got stuffed at the barbecues.It was just a big party that we all had fun with. But did you sit back and think about what you were celebrating?. The formal name for the holiday you were celebrating is Independence Day. It is supposed to commemorate the freeing of The USA from British rule. It is also another vehicle for us to honor the soldiers that have gone to wars to protect our freedom  in various countries. That is all well and good if your ancestors came from Europe and emigrated to this country. This country provided emigres with a better future and a new beginning with better jobs, more freedoms, and an education for their children to become the next scientists, educators, and CEO's  Of corporations. But, there is a hidden group of people who as yet haven't had their share of the American Dream fully realized! They are barely recognized by American culture or media. They are ridiculed daily by many Americans with caricatures all over the place that show no respect for their culture and they were forced to live in small conclaves that are far from the general population that keeps them in never ending poverty, alcoholism, and drug addiction. The people are Native Americans(American Indians)or like in my case Ojibiway Indian!

I spent the first four years of my life on the LCO Indian Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Sure I am also Caucasian but as my mom always said, "As long as you have a drop of Indian blood you are Indian!" I do favor my Indian blood over my other ethnicities and write that I am bi-racial on all my legal paperwork.

The vast land that is The USA was populated with numerous tribes with different customs and rituals. Most of the American Indian tribes have Mongolic ancestry because Mongolians traveled over the Bering Strait separating Russia from Alaska and settled in what is now Alaska then went south and populated Canada, The USA then Central and South America.

Before the Caucasian Invasion The land was virulent with lush forests  ample vegetation and the only time animals were hunted was to provide meat and pelts to make clothing for tribe members. There was no hunting just for sport or bragging rights. Native Americans were the first environmentalists.

The point I am making is when the Europeans came here they entered an already populated region. This land belonged to the tribes that populated it! The Europeans had NO right to take the land and it's assets without permission! What happened was an invasion! Yet most people in this country don't even say, "Sorry!" to Native Americans. To add more injury sports teams poke fun at us with team names using  nomenclature referring to American Indians complete with imbecilic caricatures that make us look ugly and stupid! People can call us all kinds of ugly terms like savages, squaws( that means vagina), and breeds (this was what my grandmother was called on my mom's birth certificate).

Picture how you would feel if Germany won WWII and the soldiers goose stepped their way in to our streets gather up people and forced them to walk to Death Valley and forced to live there. Also if another group of people were forced to live in the Mohave Desert. This is what happened to American Indians, they were forced to walk to Oklahoma in the 'Trail of Tears" to lands that weren't fertile and low quality to live. The Invaders kept the best land for themselves. I don't believe in reservations, since all the lands SHOULD belong to Native Americans we should live wherever we want.

 The treaties signed by Indian Chiefs were under duress. The language barrier is one consideration and the fact that White People introduced alcohol to the Native population and created an addiction to alcohol that is very much still a problem today! The question, was the Chief sober? The Native Americans were innocent and not book smart so they were easily persuaded by trinkets to sell their valuable property. $13 for Manhattan?

Have Native Americans won their independence? I don't think so. Not until we are seen as correspondents and anchors on TV news show. Not until we have skilled lawyers investigate all treaties and determine their validity. Not until we are respected or feared enough that they watch their language when referring to us. Not until November( the month to honor Native Americans) is respected and is honored with programs all over the media! We also need more then Famous Dave to represent Native American entrepreneurs.  

Originally posted to Blondmama on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 07:37 AM PDT.

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  •  Migwitch (3+ / 0-)
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    jcrit, slowbutsure, cotterperson

    I have republished to Native American Netroots.

    I spent some time at LCO working as a consultant for WOJB.  My people are from the Ocean Man Reserve in Canada.

  •  Native American Lawyers (2+ / 0-)
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    slowbutsure, cotterperson

    They are making some righteous waves.  Visit TurtleTalk blog to see just how vibrant the profession can get.


    Call exploitation and debt slavery whatever you want.

    by jcrit on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 02:29:23 PM PDT

  •  Balancing both sides (0+ / 0-)

    The much vaunted environmental credentials of the first nations is now regarded as a bit suspect - they are credited (if that's the word) with the extinction of several large species following their arrival. One technique of buffalo hunting for example involved driving a herd over cliffs.

    On the other hand.

    One of the main motivations for the revolt against the Crown was the treaties with the tribes that restricted the westward expansion of the colonies (as well a threat to the slave plantations following decisions in the Scottish and English courts  a couple of years before). Ironically this was presented as a tax avoidance scheme, forgetting that these were being raised to protect trade routes to Europe and to help pay the cost of the war with the French in N. America. Ironically of course because the military-industrial complex is exactly what will be the death of the US economy as their welfare scheme becomes increasingly expensive.

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 03:31:20 PM PDT

    •  Pretty sure it was the "white" settlers (1+ / 0-)
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      who were responsible for the extermination of (most of) the American Bison!

      But the first nations people may indeed have been responsible for the extinction of the Woolly Mammoth and T. rex - I definitely remember seeing * that * on the History Channel.

      •  Other megafauna (0+ / 0-)

        The bison of course survived into the European colonial period however other megafauna (like the mammoth) did go extinct around the same time that the clovis people populated North America. The point of both parts of my comment really is that myths have grown up on both sides.

        We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

        by Lib Dem FoP on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 10:53:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  The Reason The Dinosaurs died. (0+ / 0-)

      The reason the dinosaurs became extinguished was because the Ice Age Killed them.

  •  I call bullshit on balancing both sides! (2+ / 0-)
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    Darwinian Detrius, cotterperson

    I recall it was the white men hunting the buffalo to exterminate them and remove the food source for the  indigenous people. If you have proof of what you say spit it out. Some speculation is out there about mammoths and other animals but there is no proof of it. We lived here for ten thousand years in harmony with nature. Looks like a not to subtle racist dig. In case you are wondering I am Alutiq and I can attest to the genocide committed against our people.

    •  Wait a sec...someone presents a not (0+ / 0-)

      absolutely unheard of view and he/she is called a racist??

      I've got a very healthy dose of Chippewa in me, sat at the feet of Shatka Bear Step when I was little listening to lore, and I'm still able to listen to other's views without calling "racist".

      History is what it is....and yes, North America already belonged to someone when the Whites arrived, but it was not a utopia by any means.

      Find a human population anywhere and you will find flaws.

      Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

      by Morgan Sandlin on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 07:55:30 AM PDT

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  •  My wife's ancestors (0+ / 0-)

    lived in these lands the way human beings are supposed to live, the way we evolved to live. Then this happened:

    For us, Columbus day is a day of mourning and remembrance. I'm no Luddite, but the closer humans can approximate our natural lifestyle, the one we evolved for, the better we'll be.

    One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain -Bob Marley

    by Darwinian Detritus on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 08:39:50 AM PDT

  •  Notah Begey is awesome on NBC/Golf Channel as (0+ / 0-)

    is his story.

    "Mais n'enculons pas des mouches." (Let's not split hairs) Ian Fleming, Casino Royal.

    by Kvetchnrelease on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 08:46:11 AM PDT

  •  Have you read 1491? (0+ / 0-)

    I think you might find it very interesting.

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