Originally Posted By: Timbo
Originally Posted By: kyle585
Originally Posted By: Teonan
Are you suggesting Native Americans (including Caucasian supporters of indigenous rights) struggling for sovereignty have NOT served in every branch of the U.S. military? Think again Kyle.

As for your repeated "most veterans" comments. Remember, the majority can be oppressive and intolerant.

> At one time in history, the majority of the US population favored racial discrimination.
> At one time in history, the majority supported laws that denied women the right to vote.
> At one time in history, the majority defended the institution of slavery.

A simple perusal of this short list of U.S. injustices should convince you that "most" is not always right.
Oh no. I believe that Native Americans have served in every branch of the US Military. I heard they did some great work in WWII using their native language for secret codes which the enemy could not crack. I agree that "most" is not always right. But are these Native American veterans now struggling for sovereignty? What does that mean? Sovereignty for who, what, and where?

I consider myself to be a Caucasian supporter of indigenous rights. I believe they have the right to be full-fledged American citizens with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities thereof.

If only you had the ability to recognize the blatant bigotry gushing from that very statement. frown

Such a notion is unfathomable to Kyle. He embraces a logic which holds that indigenous peoples must assimilate - or disappear. In fact, they must always be disappearing in order to rationalize and enable claims to their traditional landbase.

Land - the key component to the values, cosmology and worldview of indigenous peoples. Little wonder it's removal from those it sustains is the coveted weapon of choice.
"Everything that has ever happened to us is there to make us stronger."
-John Trudell