I have not much to say. For I have already spoken enough. I will make this short, simple, and to the point. I understand the value of culture, honor, traditions, and dignity. If any one said that didn't matter to them, then they are not human. Humans care deeply about their origins. That is why often times when it is a matter of origins and traditions humans because violent almost guarding what they believe to be sacred, what in fact is sacred.
However, my words at no point in time ever suggested escaping from those traditions or from that honor. Read this carefully and understand the full meaning of these words. Do not misinterpret or take lightly do not read the first part and attack the rest of it's intended meaning. Read, understand, and related. It is what I have done to everyone else's post, so why does my post deserve any less than this?
I think the best way to describe this situation is through an example. An example that may or may not be received well, nonetheless it is an example. The Lakotah are a strong people and this is good, damn good. However, one must know when they can fight a battle by themselves and when they need brothers along the journey. Through out European history alliances have always formed based on common goals. IN these alliances no one has ever surrendered their languages, their culture or their honor. The worked together only for the duration of the task and no longer. There wasn't any sort of merger or anything of that nature in European history until today. In fact many Europeans are still skeptical of the European Union.
The point of this entire message being that for the duration of enslavement by the United States Indians need to temporarily "get or differences", this is NOT stating get rid of your language, cultures, or for you to become one blob. It is simply stating that in the short term we will come together and work together for one common goal and one common purpose. That does not mean we “other Indian nations” will try to take your land, culture, or languages. It simply means we will come together to preserve what we think is sacred and once this is over we will go our own separate ways.
Has nothing to do with becoming a giant unmanageable country. It has everything to do with working together in the short term to get what you want in the long term. Make no mistake about it, I will say this and I will seem very disrespectful and that is fine with me. The Lakotah CAN NOT do it on their own. In fact no one Indian nation can do it on their own. However, if there is cooperation between the Indian nations temporarily then you will achieve the success and freedom you desire.
The BEST example I could possibly give to you all is Bolivia. The Indians in Bolivia banned together and formed the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia. And they have not only reversed their economic and cultural situation, but then end up taking over Bolivia and having their own government over there. If that’s not a good enough example as how working together is important then hell I don’t know what is.
Furthermore, I’m strictly talking about Indian to Indian not any other race or group, just strictly Indian to Indian. If you can’t work with each other for the common good then who the hell will?
I know that movements have failed in the past but it’s up to you all to get united and consider your future. I don’t have to paint a pretty picture, I seriously don’t. Your future is bleak and I’m not just saying that shit. People on the rez know this; they know that extinction is around the corner. The outlook is not bright. And you can understand this and work together, or you can continue to think this is another new aged Pan-Indian message that doesn’t have the best interest at heart. Choice is yours.
Have a nice day,