American Indians and the War....

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American Indians and the War....
Fri, 11-05-2004 - 12:08pm
Ok, perhaps you will view this as "Karen's a little off balanced".

I wonder sometimes about the greed, fear and intolerance that destroyed nations of Amercian Indians and wonder how this translates to our current issues. If you have never read "Bury my heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown, I suggest reading it.

Please don't take this as a literal comparison to todays issues, but think about this; We considered Indians to be terroists back then when they were fighting for their survival, THEIR land, their beliefs. We were trying to take their land and force our beliefs on them. They tried to teach us how to live in harmony with the land/earth, but we have not listened.

People cried out of fear and hatred calling them savages and wondered how they could be so horrible and hateful. (of course there were some pretty evil minded tribes)

Here is one quote:

"All we ask is to be allowed to live, and live in peace......We bowed to the will of the Great Father and went south. There we found a Cheyenne cannot live. Se we came home. Better it was, we thought, to die fighting than to perish of sickness....You may kill me here; but you cannot make me go back. We will not go. The only way to get us there is to come in here with clubs and knock us on the head, and drag us out and take us down there dead"

Tahmelappashme (Dull Knife) of the Northern Cheyennes.

I can see *certain* aspects of these stories in todays world.

Also, most folks never want to hear a liberal idea on the environment because they don't *TRY* to relate to the person relaying the message. They look at him, as we did the Indians back then, and viewed it as beyond all reason since it was coming from "fanatical heathens"...and so on...

just some thoughts.....