The Effect of Settler Colonialism on Native Peoples
Articles Read: Recasting Views of Indigenous Life, and Deb Haaland seeks to rid US of derogatory place names
- What do we need to do, moving forward, to better understand the experience of Native Americans in this nation? How do we fully confront that history?
Moving forward, I think we need to acknowledge that the US is stolen land, and the violence that the Native Americans had to endure, to better understand the experience of Native Americans in this nation. Facing and acknowledging that history is the first step. The next step is to do something about it, you cannot just leave a past of genocide and discrimination in the past. They should denounce this behavior, and show an act of respect to the Indigenous people. For example, in the first article I read, Madeline Sayet's goal is to uplift Native voices, especially in the playwright industry, and put a spotlight on them. Many people go watch plays, films, etc., so this would be a good way to spread Indigenous peoples' stories and shine a light on their heritage.
- How do we address the stereotypes, misperceptions, the “twistory” that has been passed down among non-Native Americans about this population?
I think we should try to erase the many various misperceptions and stereotypes there are about Native Americans. As we talked about in class, I think it is a step in the right direction to change the names of sports teams, such as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Cleveland Guardians, and changing the "tomahawk chop" from the Atlanta Braves. However, more change should be made. They never formally apologized to the Indigenous people about how degrading these names and traditions were for many many decades. They just got rid of it and thought everything would be fine after. More needs to be done.
- How do we address the fact that Native peoples were murdered for who they are—the very definition of “genocide”? What apologies and amends do we need to make, if any?
I think that when teaching about Thanksgiving and Indigenous Peoples' Day, teachers should mention how the Natives were the victims of a genocide. Also, I had no idea about the concentration camp at Deer Island, and I think teachers should include this too. Additionally, I think there should be more laws about Indigenous rights, and I think that the tribes should have a bigger say in decisions about their stolen land, and they should get paid an annual tax to demonstrate that it is their land we are on.
- How can non-indigenous folks become allies so that Native peoples become fully integrated members of society? What concrete actions can we take to move forward and build a nation with Native peoples?
Non-indigenous people can become allies of Native people by making society a more inclusive and safer community. We can censor/get rid of hateful comments, degrading names or terms, and as we talked about in class, putting permanent land acknowledgments where possible. As Deb Harland was talking about in the second article I read, we should take steps to remove racist terms, especially from public places and geographic features. I think it is also important to honor other people's history, and integrate more Native American history in classes.