My mom protested first at Alcatraz in 1970, then later at the DAPL protests three years ago. In between she was a good Mormon housewife, primary president, YW president and RS president. My spouse's father was in AIM (american indian movement) leadership we suspect his death from a suspicious car accident was related to his work there.Kishkumen wrote: ↑Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:43 pmThank YOU for educating me. What is happening is horrific. And, as you would surely be able to attest, this is not just a case of problems for the ancestors in the past; it is a problem for all of us now. The people who bear the brunt of white crimes against First Nations communities are the First Nations peoples themselves, and then the rest of us. What is happening now should remind us of the tactics used against First Nations peoples protesting the Keystone Pipeline. People opposed the profaning of sacred sites and the ecological damage the pipeline would cause, and their worries were prescient. In November of 2017, the pipeline leaked 407,000 gallons in Amherst, North Dakota. In 2019, 383,000 gallons were spilled in Edinburgh, North Dakota. TC Energy is applying for permits to tap the Cheyenne River, White River, and Bad River.Dr LOD wrote: ↑Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:37 pmThanks for saying this so well.
Of my native ancestors about half died due to the Indian Removal period, actions. Of my spouse her people had about a 90% reduction in population due to similar policies and military actions.
About the Tulsa Massacre of 1921. Sometime back I had a nursing home patient who was a survivor when I met him he was 101 years old. He was a famous Jazz Musician. I listened as he gave me his first hand account. I really wish I wrote some of it down. But fortunately his story was recorded somewhere else. If one could put a value on a memory, listening to his stories are some of my most valuable. I’m not sure what he got from that young naïve doctor.
No one should be fooled by arguments that this stuff was not anticipated or known. People did not want to know. Those in power were moved by money and neo-liberal propaganda. Police and federal authorities used anti-terrorism tactics against people protesting the pipeline.
One current issue that the systemic racism has a direct effect is the governments response to COVID and NOT helping the tribes take care of their own people. Here is just the latest where the CDC is refusing to share information with Tribal Health authorities with whom the CDC is required by law to provide that information to.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/1 ... ata-314527
The LDS church has stepped up and provided help to the Navajo Nation in particular, which I am thankful for.