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Old 04-01-2006, 11:51 AM   #13
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Sovereignty is a figment of our imagination. The american public doesnt care a lick about indians. At any moment congress can wipe sovereignty off the face of the earth. 2.6 million indians of which most probably have little interaction with indian communities is not something that the government is too terribly concerned about. Now the previous several comments have seemed to support my premise. More voters ie indians the better we have of eliminating obstacles to true soveriegnty.

Blackbear I have to disagree with your position about being more indians when the whites first came comparing to the situation now. First of all its a wrong comparison. Whites were far more advanced militarily it was about conquering. Not only that whites had a huge population base in europe versus the US native america.
While whites use a different method of conquest now, we have in our power as the whites are not replacing themselves with numbers ie 1.8 children per white woman, we are.

The navajo for example were only some few thousands at the turn of last century now are over 200,000 and are courted by politicians in arizona. Someone mentioned little tribes get no respect and thats because their little. Money isnt power unless there are people to back it up. Look at the jews in europe in the 1930s. A very rich group of people on average but basically got destroyed by the majority.

Money doesnt replace numbers. Numbers also insulate the traditional core of a nation that then are able to preserve what is really the value of indian people. Lakota, navaho and other large tribes will be the only ones with continuing language and cultural survival. Their numbers effectively shield encroaching white culture more effectively than say a 200 member nation in washington state.

Your right blackbear numbers is not a cure all.
Numbers equal power while power is not a cure all of anything which is what I think you missed in my statement blackbear, it gives us more ability to tackle social, economic, political and cultural issues.

The US is fast heading towards having no majority racial group which is nice and it opens up the established elite to court voters other than their own racial group especially in the next 100 years. Lots of indian babies.

Another situation related is to get indian hispanics to realize their native culture and revitalize their indianness. Do people realize that 90% of mexican indians put down white or metizo as their ancestry?
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