Once in a while I’m asked about my “interest” in global and national issues in addition to those related to indigenous people as though such an interest is an anomaly that somehow brings into question my “Indianess”.
I usually respond by asking is there is a reason why I shouldn’t be ?
Which often enough seems to confuse or startle the individual asking as though they may have crossed some “politically correct” line.
The simple reality is that as a people we no longer own this land/hemisphere and have a incruciatingly limited input into the direction government will take.
We can all raise hell about that, and rightfully so, but nonetheless I don’t see a single indication that we ever will again own all that was once ours.
That translates to whatever direction this country takes we’re going to affected by it, which in turn means we have a vested
interested in as much as national and global issues or policies will affect every single man or woman in this country/hemisphere regardless of ethnicity.
With that being the case I believe we are obliged to stay informed, voice our opinions, and exert whatever influence we can and should.
Sticking our head in the sand or thinking that somehow if a terrorist attack occurs and any of our people are potential victims terrorists will either alter their plans to spare us or give the nations advanced notice would be foolish.
We aren’t going to be given a pass by anyone should war come to these shores – we wont be given a pass if an economic collapse occurs.
Those who work against climate change and regulations dealing with it could give a damn what we think or how we are impacted.
We aren’t immune to anything that could eventuate, we in fact due to poverty and disenfranchisement may well be even more vulnerable.
We may think we can live in a self constructed bubble of indifference but if so such a bubble is not only as thin walled as all bubbles are but can also be confining.
So it seems to me those who are fond of saying what has become something of a cliche internet meme that we are all related should begin to ponder the full implications of what such a relationship amounts to.
Yeah, I’m going to continue raising hell about this is our land just as I will anything else that can impact our common welfare.
If that’s perceived to be anomalous it doesn’t matter because I’ve come to understand the potential ramifications of all being related and I’m not exactly pleased by the implications.
As a people we are more than romanticized figures with feathers mounted on horse back, more than stereotypes, more than an AIM rag banner or free Leonard, more than bogus quotes incorrectly attributed to Seattle, more than the cultural corruption of marketed beliefs and ceremonies.
We live, breathe, laugh, cry, bleed, suffer, and die no differently than anyone else – it is a commonality all of humankind shares … just as there are concerns that should be commonly shared.