In elementary school, my father came to my class to talk to my classmates. Part of the response from them was that they were elementary school students, but people would say things like "I have Cherokee blood" or comment on all the Native people who ride horses and teepees. Once my father asked what anyone knew about Indians and someone said, "They weren't wearing clothes," which was kind of funny? I also remember seeing a video about Christopher Columbus in third or fourth grade. It showed him and his men on their boats and how to get to them New world. It ended just before he got here – before they met either of us.
I am a senior now. I wrote American history in phases during my school days. And I don't really think we learned anything about indigenous people in any history class at any point after the 19th century. What we have learned about indigenous people is always very limited and vague. And it's always past tense, if it's there at all.
I understand that many of the disgusting things people usually say or ask about us, even if they don't mean to be rude, are due to misinformation and ignorance, not necessarily hate. We need to be taught – especially at school where we are right now – things like: Are there indigenous tribes still living there? If not, why? Indigenous literature should be assigned. The Indian movement was very influential, but we never find out about it. A lot of contemporary indigenous culture and topics are simply not taught, which is why we still face the problems we face today. This lack of education leads to a real lack of empathy. (…)
If you're looking for a place to find out about Indigenous Americans, here are mine 13 Recommended Books About and by Indians from last year. The day after Thanksgiving, I'll be doing Native American Heritage on another day.
There's also a 2010 Cree Neil Diamond film – Reel Injun: In the Footsteps of the Hollywood Indian. Here is a trailer and a short review and comment. Unfortunately, I can't find a link to the full movie that plays correctly. If someone else does, I'll add a link here.
These were the words the Master of Life gave my great-grandfather: 'At some point there will be a stranger among you who speaks a language you do not understand. He will try to buy the land from you, but not sell it; Save it in an inheritance to your children. "
~~ Aseenewub (Red Lake Ojibwa)
TWEET OF THE DAY
Trump on his alleged immunity to the virus: "I feel so powerful. I'm going to go into that audience. I'm going to go in there, I'm going to kiss everyone in this audience." There is applause. "I'm going to kiss the boys and the beautiful women … everyone … I'll just give you one big fat kiss."
– Daniel Dale (@ ddale8) October 12, 2020
BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos that day in 2009—Chambliss wants economic stimulus for Afghanistan:
Well, that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about what Republicans think is really important: Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss approved a new stimulus package with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday this week … for Afghanistan. (…)
Developing the Afghan economy may be a laudable goal, but it is a pity Chambliss does not see America this way where he continues to oppose any kind of legislative initiative to create jobs and rebuild the strength of our economy.