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Happy Thanksgiving: An American Indian Perspective

Happy Thanksgiving: An American Indian Perspective

Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 09:13:14 in Politics

“In response to the post that native people need to “ Get over it”, I feel a need to respond. I am 1st generation American of European decent and am proud of it.

Through history, the domination of one culture over another has been played out time and time again. The statement implying to move forward is a valid one, but I feel it comes from a belief of one people’s philosophy overpowering another. This is how the west was won, but I suggest it is not how we move forward in the 21st century.

The inclusion that creates the patchwork society we live in is our strength. There is rarely a day that goes by that I am not aware of the sobering fact that the land I walk on was once Indian, then Spanish, and now American. As we move forward as a people, I believe it must be done collectively as opposed to a mindset of “I’ve got mine, go get yours”.

We are at a crossroads in this country. With the domestic and international challenges that lay before use, the luxury of time is not on our side. As a people we have an opportunity adapt to changing world. I grew up in a mainly white dominated society and from what I see around me, things are changing. The socioeconomic riptide we find ourselves in has shaken us all. America has been, and always will be a “work in progress”. Let’s keep it that way.”