Reynard Faber, chief of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, speaks for himself.
The daughter of Oklahoma’s governor stirred a righteous rage when she posted a photo of herself wearing a Native American headdress. Obviously, she is not Native American. So, I was sucked into a blog hole where I saw many opinions I agreed with, many I disagreed with.
Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington [REDACTED] football team has repeatedly shown his tone-deafness when it comes to matters of race and Native Americans.
Stephen Colbert weighed in on the football team controversy, but the conversation was completely derailed by hashtag warriors.
My personal opinion is that most of us don’t know many, if any, Native Americans so we can’t overcome the stereotypes we’ve been programmed with; we have a hard time humanizing Native Americans in the way one empathizes with other disenfranchised groups that are more visible.
Well, I happen to know a couple of Native Americans; chiefly (pun intended) the chief of the Jicarilla Apache tribe in Dulce, New Mexico. I’ve had the privilege of staying with him a few times, and back in 2009, he agreed to be filmed talking about his heritage and his tribe. So, here’s a short piece of that talk.