The Chinook people have inhabited what is now Washington and Oregon for thousands of years. Despite being well-documented in Pacific Northwest history with a present-day vibrant community, they are considered nonexistent.
Even though the government tried to take the Lakota names away, they didn't completely succeed. People on the reservation today do carry last names, but names that belong to their ancestors: White Plume, Yellow Thunder, Takes War Bonnet.
In the evolving American consciousness, where there's growing support for illegal immigrants who want U.S. citizenship and for gays who want wedlock, the same impulse apparently does not recognize that the word redskins is reprehensible and offensive to (most) Native Americans.
The provision for Native Americans provides a crucial jurisdictional fix for a loophole in the criminal justice system. If you are a Native American woman assaulted on Indian land, the tragic odds are that you will not be offered protection by the law.
It is time for all Native Americans to scrutinize their political affiliations. Have the Democrats or the Republicans fulfilled your political aspirations? Has either Party stood up for your interests?
Like the proverbial "ducks out of water," Native Christians captured by a Western worldview are against the use of any form of Native American cultural expressions of faith. On the other hand, those who reclaim a vision of Christ in our culture celebrate joy and homecoming.
One does not have to agree with the decision made by the registered voters of the Cherokee Nation to remove the freed men from their roles, but it is the legal right of this sovereign nation to make that decision. Too many Indians have fought and died to earn that right.
A mere 46 years ago, the federal government orchestrated a series of events, , which included the forcible relocation of Native Americans. The U.S. government now has a chance to at least partially right these wrongs.
I watch the shouting matches, the misinformation, and the outright lies passing across the health care argument scene. It has brought out the meanness in too many otherwise good Americans and it must stop.