Capital punishment, the slogan goes, means those without the capital get the punishment.
Traditionally, we Indians honor warriors. We honor not only our own warriors but also our adversaries when they act with honor as well as courage.
There’s a weird social reality in some places (hello, Oklahoma!) where representing as “part Indian” is cool but representing as Indian is a character flaw, an attempt to take advantage of helpless white people by stealing a ride on the mythical Indian gravy train.
District 9 was about race. Elysium was about “illegal immigration”. Both set in the future but very much about the present.
Will Rogers was born on November 4, 1879, in Oologah, Cooweescoowee District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.
The U.S. Constitution is a work of genius. The people who produced that document gave us a hell of a head start, but it’s not possible to anticipate everything that can go wrong hundreds of years into the future.
We know Pocahontas was an Indian girl from an Algonquian-speaking tribe and she was a real, historical person. All else is contested.
Sometimes we have to describe the world as it is rather than how we wish it were in preparation for changing that part we can influence.
The need to explain has never faded.
I was born Cherokee and I knew it, but I had to discover I am Indian, descendant of those who survived waves of death that depopulated the western hemisphere.
This was American prosperity. Labor stolen from Africans bringing wealth from land stolen from Indians, peoples who were taught to hate each other by their exploiters and kept at the bottom of the education and economic ladders.
Fifty-six years off from the Great March on Washington, the struggle is far from over, and nobody is farther behind on the freedom agenda than American Indians.
Understanding that wars are often disguised contests over scarce resources, let’s discuss the probability of war. #GreenerTogether