Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Remember Native Americans are Human

Recently the name of Pocahontas was used to disparage a political leader.  The National Congress of American Indians responded as follows.  How do we stay awake to misuse of Native culture as we try to work for racial justice?

“NCAI is a bi-partisan organization that works equitably with both sides of the political aisle, and it is not our common practice to comment on the partisan name calling that has come to dominate American politics,” said NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata. “But we cannot and will not stand silent when our Native ancestors, cultures, and histories are used in a derogatory manner for political gain.”

Pocahontas was a real person who to this day holds significant value to her family and her tribe, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in Virginia. The Pamunkey struck a treaty with the British Crown in the 1600s, and just last year were officially recognized as a federally recognized tribe by the U.S. government after a decades-long struggle. The name of Pocahontas should not be used as a slur, and it is inappropriate for anyone to use her name in a disparaging manner.

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1 comment:

  1. In our politics gone reality TV it seems very few are even shocked by the use of racial slurs. We chalk it up to that politician being ignorant and forget that it is a sign of our obsession with oppression.