Though I am the whitest Indian you’ll ever meet, I do in fact have Native American ancestry and am very passionate about this heritage. I take the advice from Native American wisdom to heart and find joy in sharing it. But on occasion, that joy is short lived as people have decided to slam my heritage as well as the Native Americans themselves who have become the victims of European expansion and industrialization.
On a social networking site I posted:
When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.~Cree Prophecy
I received a response of: On what casino wall is that written?
I cannot express the amount of anger that was lit within my heart. I chose to stay quiet on this particular social networking site, allowing the response itself to show this person’s true colors. But had I said something, it would have gone a little like this:
This saying was written on every wall of every teepee that was destroyed by soldiers shoving Native Americans off their land. It was written on every wigwam toppled in the pursuit of self entitled European riches. It was written in blood on the sandy banks of the Mississippi river as the Black Hawk peoples were mascaraed so that Abraham Lincoln could build his political career. It was written all along the Trail of Tears as the Native Peoples were forced to stop living from the land and forced to live according to the economic standards of the “civilized” world. It was written with every tear shed, every drop of blood that fell and with ever burial of Native American persons forced to conform to this hell hole we call progress.
I have no room for bigotry in my life. Do you?