Here are links to two American Indian voices that might help move the conversation forward:
This link leads to a 32-page excerpt from THERE THERE. The Prologue is a succinct, and for me, eye-opening essay about the treatment of American Indians from colonial times through the present. The author’s humanity is deeply affecting. He understands and conveys the pain of not having easily identifiable roots, of living in a culture that doesn’t feel quite right, of going along, pretending, hoping. THERE THERE could be the story of so many people today — native peoples, first generation immigrants, rural folk who moved to the cities for work, poorly educated people trying to survive with few opportunities and no family support. THERE THERE might serve as a useful tool for educators trying to help students from many cultures understand one another.
(2) The new digital publication, “Indian Country Today,” recently relaunched (February 28, 2018) as an online weekly newsletter edited by Native American journalists Mike Trahant and Vincent Schilling. Its tag line: “Digital. Indigenous. News.” I am glad to have easily accessible free access to news stories and opinions that are very seldom represented in the mainstream media.
“The Mashpee Wampanoag are one of three surviving tribes of the original sixty-nine in the Wampanoag Nation.”
July 6-8 97th Annual Powwow
“Mashpee /ˈmæʃpi/ is a town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, on Cape Cod. The population was 14,006 as of 2010. It is the site of the headquarters and most members of the federally recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, one of two Wampanoag.”