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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
I feel a sense of commonality, comraderie, brotherhood ...even though being basically a white guy yet who has respectfully learned and helped and supported and participated within traditional ways throughout my life... I thank "Junior" deeply as a fellow Earth man, and celebrate his excellent writings- along with their essential messages!
(& half-silly of me perhaps..): My heart leapt hearing & sharing the overwhelming optimism with experiences of fellow Americans of every stripe everywhere; yet also even (whitish, whitey) as I am, I share the distrust and disappointment in the (basically white) cultural/societal/industrial thrust of this only freshly now colonized continent.
Rather than only to declare the deficit to young Native Americans to feel motivated by the idea anti-success... I wonder if a closer examination of the well-qualified reasons for such feelings which are shared alike by many other Americans (of every stripe), also aware of current issues and events affecting living people and tribes and on existing reservations... As we know here in the Pacific NW we have dams on the Klamath, the Snake, and the Columbia Rivers all negatively affecting SALMON; & underground tanks of nuclear waste leaking into the Columbia River at Hanford! (even this local list really gets quite huge for a TOL comment)
Helpful too, and perhaps balanced with the masterful messages in every media delivered by Alexie; could we think of the regular use as reference material and educational curricula titles such as:
"Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee,"
"The Cointelpro Papers,"
& "My Life Is My Sundance" by Leonard Peltier, written from prison..
and so then one might reasonably find it essential to think of the 7 generations of connections to the tragedies and consequences of Wounded Knee then and now... having been just so recently regenerated, with modern horrors.
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