From my point of view, I saw that a door was open to where we could present the issue as we have fought for it for so many years. This was a moment to speak the truth as I come to know it, and there is so much reality that is shared and supported by non-Natives in a time where unprecedented crisis's and challenges is pending before us.
As Native people we were bestowed the responsibility of caring for the Earth, but we've been dispossessed through machinations of deceit and force. In those centuries following first contact, we have been conditioned to become the anti-thesis of what we once represented. We remember, but it has became difficult to live in accordance with what we know.
Some people may believe that the US will never agree to the points I raised in my statement below, but when you consider the reasons why the US and Canada are the only ones who have not adopted this Declaration then it is understandable, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't address it. I see no reason to let them off easy, and cheat ourselves in the process. It is way past time to stop asking the government to do what it is supposed to be doing. We need to tell them.
The US was never our government, it accumulated the forces and the weapons of war that exiled many people from their homelands. And even today the mindset that a conquered people is supposed to remain conquered is indicative of racial superiority. We need to stop asking, start telling and start doing. Self-empowerment is going to come from within.
I've had a lot of thoughts and time over the years to think and observe what others have done. I've also seen what our own obstacles have been in our progress, more often than not, it is our racism, sexism and especially our tribalism's. In order to move forward and beyond, we need to overcome those things and develop some unifying principles across many lines. We've all became isolated in our work/causes that it appears we are having little effect.
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