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Old 03-31-2006, 09:02 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Blackbear
Don't get me wrong, I think more natives is a good thing, but I just don't see it reducing or obliviating discrimination and racism. There were more of us when europeans first came, did they care then? Nope. And the civil rights movement happened because blacks were mainstream in society. We were not included because we were Nations. And yet, we were also made US citizens whether we wanted to be or not. African Americans had to fight for that right. Our small numbers certainly don't have the political clout, that's for sure.. but after all that lobbying for some of our nation's casino monies, I'm sure things are going to be changing more and more now. But you know, Haudenosaunee don't vote because of the guswentah which says they stay out of our government affairs and we stay out of theirs. It's one of the things we established for our own protection and is one way of affirming that we ARE soveriegn nations who can and do govern ourselves, so having political clout with the american government... can be viewed as a two edged sword sometimes.
was kinda wondering what the percentages of registered to vote ndn's there were compared to ndn population. i understand (as much as i can lol) the whole not voting in u.s. gov politics due to soveriegn nations, heck i cant even get my wife to register, she sez she votes tribal and she wouldnt dream of registering in 2 different governments. I just get the feeling its very easy for elected gov. to overlook the non voters in america. Or do any think that even if ndns voted in masses that it wouldnt change the way government treats ndn's? this question has been on my mind a bit and would love to get ndn opinions on this. well if this reply or question doesnt make sense its due to still being asleep and shoulda left for work 20 min ago lmao . have a good weekend all
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