THE LEAST WE CAN DO–THE RIGHT THING TO DO

fed_land_per_stateMap_of_all_U.S._Federal_Land

Look at all that Federal land.  Most of it’s just sitting there–nothing’s being done with it.  I heard about this on a documentary several years ago–how so much land in the U.S. is Federal land–especially in the Western States.  And I remember thinking, then, that our government should return most of this land to the Native Americans–of all tribes.

And I still feel this way.

As I’ve written in a previous post–we European Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans cannot return to Europe, Africa, and Asia.

And our government cannot undo what it has done to Native Americans in the past.

But the reservations to which Native Americans are still confined are simply too small.  The Native Americans are the most forgotten Americans, and they are among the poorest.  We may think they’ve got it made with their casinos–but so many Native American tribes operate casinos because it is the only way they can survive.  And those that don’t operate casinos pay an even heavier price–the Navajo Reservation, in Northern Arizona, includes the poorest county in the United States.

The more I consider the plight of Palestinian Arabs, the more I consider the plight of Native Americans–there truly are similarities in the circumstances of these two peoples.

And just as we should petition our Federal Government to stop supporting the Zionist State (“Israel”), we should petition our Federal Government to cede most of its land to Native Americans of all tribes.

It’s the least we can do–and it’s the right thing to do.

1 Response to “THE LEAST WE CAN DO–THE RIGHT THING TO DO”


  1. 1 solosocial January 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Of course the news of the militia’s action in Oregon served as a prompt for my writing of this post.

    I respect what the militia there is doing–the people in that group are exercising their Second Amendment rights.

    And in its action, this militia highlights a very important question: Why has so much federal land been set aside for wildlife refuges only?

    I find it hypocritical that our government has set aside so much land for native animals–after forcing the native people off that land.

    I listened to a woman being interviewed on NPR yesterday–a Native American of the Paiute Tribe. She said these White men form a militia, and occupy that federal land, and the government ignores them–but if Native Americans formed a militia, and occupied that federal land, the government would quickly remove them, and put them all in jail. And she’s right.

    I remember–as a student in high school–learning of a Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The prison there had been shut down–the land was not even being used for anything. And these Native Americans were simply reclaiming Alcatraz. Yet still they were removed.

    And I remember thinking how ridiculous this was: that after the United States Government–my government–had driven so many American Indians from their land, it wasn’t even willing to let them reclaim Alcatraz–a tiny island it wasn’t even using anymore.


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