When Paralysis Takes Hold
I am filled with dread as November comes to a close.
November should have been cause for celebration: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a substantial margin and American Indians brought attention to craven injustices surrounding citizens’ water and land use.
And November honors Indians with National Native American Heritage Month: one attempt to recognize that we have not vanished.
We are still here.
At last count, seven thousand activists are “hunkered down” in the frigid cold of North Dakota, according to the New York Times.
Activists hope to prevent construction of a 1,300-mile pipeline destined to channel crude oil across several states in North America.
And across Indian homelands usurped by the federal government, who then sold off parcels to settlers and investors in the 19th century.
Anyone with cash could buy property—anyone except American Indians, who were forbidden from buying back their lands.
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