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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

A NATION WITHIN A NATION

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The federal land map used in this post includes Native American reservations as “federal land”.  The Navajo Reservation mentioned, for example, is included in the red “All Federal Lands” zone.

So I want to show some other maps that distinguish between Native American reservations and all other federal land.  They are shown above, and you can click on each of them to get a closer look.

Still, apart from the Native American reservations, you can see that there’s a hell of a lot of federal land.  And it is the majority of this federal land that should be ceded to Native Americans of all tribes.  Native Americans should have the majority of this land, in addition to the land already set aside for individual tribal reservations.

Why should we petition our government to do this?  Because it’s the right thing to do.

Of course those who wanted to inhabit this land–this nation within a nation–would have to have a certain amount of Native American ancestry.  I have some Native American (Cherokee) ancestry, for example–but I am one thirty-second (1/32) Cherokee, at most (to my knowledge)–so I would not qualify to inhabit this land. Yet with modern DNA testing technology, determining who could inhabit this nation within a nation wouldn’t be difficult at all.

THE LEAST WE CAN DO–THE RIGHT THING TO DO

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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.

PHOTO CREDIT

The picture of the howling wolf at the end of the previous post can be found at http://www.firstpeople.us.  I don’t normally cite sources of photos from the Internet–there are just too many of them.  But the aforementioned photo has the word thief next to the caption–and I certainly don’t want to be thought of as a thief.  Besides, I have a great deal of respect for Native Americans.


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