Reguardless, it's hard to complain that white men DIDN'T found this nation, politically. Because they DID. Native Americans made contributions here and there, but the framers of our constitution were a bunch of white guys. Reguardless of concepts of equality, guilt or political correctness, that's how it was. And how it was is precisely how "history" needs to be taught.
Show me this textbook. Because it surely wasn't my own. Unless you went to school in the 1950s, I'm pretty sure YOU didn't use this textbook either. I assure you, I learned more from my textbooks about Native American history than I do at powwows.Granted I realize the fact that a ''fraction'' of Native American culture was inserted into textbooks but was corrupted by false information. By those who only were interseted in saying that the ''savage'' scapled white settlers, women, and childern.
No, YOU didn't take a stand. A Native American leader did. You weren't with him, you didn't help him and you haven't taken a stand for yourself in your own community. And maybe that's part of the problem?And ''us'' Native Americans have already tried to make a stand.
Saying "we" made a stand is like saying that I, personally, went out and shot your anscestors, just because I'm white. Ethnicity doesn't make you heir to every action your people take.
Oh... and we learned about Wounded Knee too. Had to read a book on it in 8th grade and give reports in front of the class for a week. Still think we didn't learn any Native American history?
Ummm... reservations and native businesses pay no taxes to their states and resist being governed by many of their laws. The reservations were designed, on the INSISTANCE of native leaders, to be self-sufficient and self-governing. But you want MORE state aid? O-o;As to talk about the sterotypes in which you so clearly pointed out.
Disease, relocation, property-loss, Christianity, alcoholism, drug abuse, demoralization, hopelessness, lack of leadership and apathy in general. That is all happening on the reservation. The reason for that? The lack of support that we want from the outside.
Native Americans can't blame EVERYTHING on the "outside"... surely there's something to be said for the failures of the tribes themselves when it comes to supporting and inspiring their own communities.
Alright, then I guess we should stop? If it's so unwelcome, we could save a ton of money by just forgetting about this "helping" business altogether.The so called expanded reservations, created native american mus
eums, donated huge amounts of money to tribal higher-learning funds and the scholarships designed for only native recipiants, Native Americans get preferential admission to universities/access to jobs/etc. do you really believe that that is helping?
Oh... and some links to those "So-called" places and programs:
National Museum of the American Indian
Welcome to Frisco Native American Museum
Abbe Museum-Bar Harbor, Maine: Celebrating Maine's Native American Heritage
The Museum of the Native American Resource Center at UNC Pembroke
FinAid | Other Types of Aid | Native American Students
Civil Rights 101
Affirmative action - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But if you don't want any of them...
Funny... they are supporting your communities and making a few of them quite rich. They're also a good illustration of how reservations are exempt from paying state and federal business taxes, sales tax and complying to state anti-gambling laws.And those ''indian casinos'' have nothing to do with our culture.
WHAT?!It's something that we put on for the tourist who have nothing better to do than extort us.
How are tourists extorting native americans by patronizing their businesses? Am I "extorting" Applebees when I order a steak there?
Nothing you've said would imply to me that, by virtue of being native american, you are any more informed than the rest of us.so instead of quoted something that people have read in a book or a magazine perhaps they should actually go and see a pow-wow and realize that it has more meaning than what they know.
As for going to a powwow to learn history? Watching some dancing, petting a domesticated wolf and eat your own weight in fry bread isn't exactly the most educational experience in the universe. I have been to several... even worked at one for a summer as the assistant at a native wildlife rehabilitation center. I still think I've learned more from good old fashioned reading.
Complaining about adversity and being a "victim" is all very nice... but unless you have some real suggestions for change: nothing will ever come of it. Native American communities can't continue to survive solely on hand-outs: they need to come up with viable solutions to support their own communities and produce some leaders who will restore vision to their people. Rather than complaining that whatever everyone on the outside is doing isn't enough: start pushing for something to happen from the inside. Communities can not thrive on social welfare programs alone...