Ray Rider wrote:The history of the Eurpoean expansion into Native lands and their subsequent treatment of the Native peoples was brutal and shameful. Rez life ain't easy and there is much that requires change; I was born and lived on a reserve so I know first hand. But anyone who would claim a similarity between current rez life and slave labor camps, mass shootings, and wholesale extermination of millions in gas chambers is staggeringly ignorant.
I agree with the first part of your statement.
I don't disagree with the second part.
I don't compare modern rez life to slave labor and extermination.
I do compare it to a second-class citizenship and a perpetuation of poverty.
I believe modern people of native american heritage would better serve themselves and their children if the integrated and we did away with this ridiculous system. Just accept the FACT that this is the USA and you life here, and embrace that.
I'm not saying we should forget the past. I am saying we can't change history... so it's time to move on.