President Obama signed a proclamation declaring November as Native American Heritage Month with November 25th as Native American Day. However, this proclamation and all that it means, seems to have gone unnoticed by all the major news networks and even local stations throughout the entire nation. It leaves one to wonder why.
Students from K-12 all around the country have been asked what they have learned this month about Native American history and culture, their reply, "Nothing". Only two students I spoke with said they were told about it at the beginning of the month and since then they've neither heard or seen anything else. They were asked when watching television if they had seen any programs or even a mention of this, again, they replied, "No".
After doing a several on line searches I found that there were a few things on PBS, back in October, and several universities have had a few one day programs. Mostly the attention about this has been presented by many Native people themselves and even with this they still go unnoticed. There is nothing in the newspapers or even magazine publications. All of this suggests that the well known policy of the American government that has existed for centuries with respects to cultural genocide against Native American's is just as strong today as it's ever been.
Most Americans are not aware of the fact that there are current members within the government, including some of the GOP/Republican candidates, who desire to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the grounds that it is too strict in their regulations and preventing the progress of corporate industry. However, what most people don't know is that almost all of the lands and resources these companies want to go after are on Native American lands, lands that are still held by treaties signed by the U.S. Govt. that are protected by Constitutional Law; The Law of the Land. In addition, there is not one treaty that has ever been signed by the USG with any of the Native Tribes or Nations that has been upheld.
Cultural genocide has been a tool of the government, corporations, the educational system, the church and the media long before technology was created to indoctrinate the public with various distracting methods...just don't mention it and it will go away. Yet, Native Americans are always a good thing to use when it comes to elections.
We always hear of racism, school bullying, freedom of religion, poverty in the cities, the homeless in America, unemployment, etc. in regards to other ethnic groups throughout this country but we never hear how such things have effected the Native people for centuries. When there is a racist comment made about this or that group it is followed with days, even weeks, of apologies and then programming about the histories and contributions of these people. This is never done with the Native people.
We see many programs depicting the holocaust of WWII and how devastating it was to many people - we never hear of the one that happened right here in America that took over 100 million lives. When Adolf Hitler was asked where he got the idea behind what he was doing to the prisoners of war, patriots and the Jewish people he responded that he took it from the pages of American history, from what President Andrew Jackson did to the American Indians; Jackson's Trail of Tears - a total violation of a Congressional Order to leave the Native people alone. We never hear about this.
Thanksgiving is on the horizon and the false history of it will be broadcast, taught in the schools and celebrated by millions who do not know the real truth surrounding this event. To many Native Americans this is a day of mourning.
Is this nation so ashamed of it's history and how it became a nation that it continues to lie to the world of what it did, and continues to do, to the Indigenous People, the Native Americans, the Indians of this country?
The Native Americans lived for thousands of years in peace and harmony with the lands and animals, there was no pollution of anything, there were no diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity, they never declared any wars on other nations nor tried to force their culture, language or religions on anyone. The very Declaration of Independence and the term "We the People" were written by them. However, we must remember, as we've been taught in our schools for centuries, that they are all uncivilized heathen savages and must be wiped from the face of the earth, so help thee god.
It is this writers hope and endeavor to correct these gross injustices through informative educational processes that will enable all people, in this country and abroad, to realize that a great people - a great nation held in their hands the dreams that everyone continues to pursue to this day...the true Garden of Eden - "Turtle Island".