Why not honor Indians every year?

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I had always wondered why there was no day in the whole year to honor Native Americans; they were here long before the rest of us.

Federal legislation set aside the day after Thanksgiving -- for this year only -- to honor the contributions American Indians have made. President Bush signed the order in October.

I consider this to be an insult to the true natives of this country, and I feel it should be revised and the American Indians should be honored every year.

The day after Thanksgiving is very appropriate; after all, that is around the time when they gave up their land to those who landed on their shore. I wonder if anyone would disagree? I doubt it.

Adelheid Waters

Hephzibah

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thunder2whisky
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thunder2whisky 12/04/08 - 01:30 am
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I agree with you totally. The

I agree with you totally. The Native Americans should have been honored first over anyone else. It is a shame and disgrace that people can be so inconsiderate. We have learned more from the Native American than anyone and yet they are put aside on a reservation. What Next?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/04/08 - 05:28 am
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The American Indians were

The American Indians were here first and developed no society and when the former Europeans came they didn't give up their land, it was taken from them. They were slapped to a lower position on the food chain. The fact that there's no national loser's day is because losing isn't that big of an honor in this country. There are days set aside to honor the Indians, it's just nobody notices. Ever heard of Honor Day? or Heritage Day? I think there's also been a move to establish a Heritage Month. Who knew?

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 12/04/08 - 05:53 am
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Then we can have Polish day

Then we can have Polish day to honor my family's contribution to this great land, then German Day, Irish Day, English Day, Somali Day, Iraqi day, Pakistani Day, Bangladeshi Day, Canadian Day, and on and on . . .

TechLover
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TechLover 12/04/08 - 07:19 am
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The native Americans had a

The native Americans had a thriving society. It was destroyed by guns, biological warfare (smallpox), and force from a larger population. At some point in the future, caucasions re going to be a minority in this country. I hope they aren't "slapped to a lower position on the food chain" Then we could call "Loser's Day" just PT day.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/04/08 - 08:07 am
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The American Indians

The American Indians apparently replaced an older culture, we replaced them, one day we will be replaced. It is natural for populations to migrate, reproductively out compete another population, or destroy a population by war. Heck even ants do it-like the fireant replacing native populations of ants.

christian134
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christian134 12/04/08 - 08:09 am
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TechLover sounds somewhat

TechLover sounds somewhat like you want to join the global group who want to annihilate every white American no matter the religious affiliations...You must be a person who needs to see others suffer just to feel good about yourself...I would offer a hand to someone who doesn't hold out their hand for more free-stuff...The Native American deserves an apology as well as a helping hand while others do not...

TechLover
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TechLover 12/04/08 - 08:13 am
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I am a white American. My

I am a white American. My wife's great gradmother was Creek. The idiotic post from PT just ticked me off.

merlin
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merlin 12/04/08 - 08:24 am
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Tech.....have a cup of java

Tech.....have a cup of java and count to 10. Don't let anyone get to you. We're all human and we're all Americans, Be Blessed!!!!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/04/08 - 08:29 am
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It was a travesty the way the

It was a travesty the way the American Indian was treated as we wiped out over 90% of the native populations. Numerous founder effect birth defects are noted in native american populations due to a bottleneck in present populations. But it is difficult to show remorse because without it I wouldn't be here.

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john 12/04/08 - 08:40 am
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I believe November is Native

I believe November is Native American Heritage Month. Here is one of many links. http://www.loc.gov/topics/nativeamericans/

john
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john 12/04/08 - 08:42 am
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Perhaps, while PT is not as

Perhaps, while PT is not as sensitive as some would like, she is correct. A month exists, but no on knows, even the author.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/04/08 - 08:48 am
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One of my ancestors was 3

One of my ancestors was 3 years old playing at a river in Maine, curly haired, blue-eyed. He disappeared, only his hat and coat left behind, presumed drowned. Twenty years later, a doctor examining a 23 year old man discovered a large scar on the man's head, matched the scar on the toddler he had treated over 20 years before. The Indians had "found" the child at the river and raised him, teaching him native medicine and elevating him to Medicine Man, for which he had made his living going tribe to tribe. He reunited with his white family who sent him to school, he became a doctor of medicine and treated both whites and Indians. He interrupted his studies a few times to reunite with his Indian friends and family when they would visit his area. The Indians always called him brother and his children and relatives they called cousins. So much for "no society". Theirs was no less or more of a society than ours, simply because it was a different people who had adapted to this country with the resources they had available. They had a more sophisticated society than is commonly known. Just because we are ignorant of it, doesn't mean it didn't exist.

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patriciathomas 12/04/08 - 08:51 am
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TechLover, you've stumbled on

TechLover, you've stumbled on the answer in your usual way, by accident. As a result of descending from the American Indian, if you're kids aren't losers then they will have overcome the stigma and not need a day to celebrate them. They will be Americans and not some kind of possible descendant from a loser race. They can celebrate every day as American day, just as I do.

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justthefacts 12/04/08 - 09:02 am
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The Indians could get some

The Indians could get some pitching, and maybe timely hitting, we could honor them next October!!

stadry
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stadry 12/04/08 - 09:04 am
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don't forget hungarian day,,,

don't forget hungarian day,,, somehow we always get last place :-)

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/04/08 - 09:18 am
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You're right baroness, I

You're right baroness, I should have said "historically viable society". I guess every group has a society of some sort.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 12/04/08 - 09:20 am
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Geeze...PT..do you not at

Geeze...PT..do you not at least feel a bit of sympathy for the Indians who had their land taken away from them? So there's no place for losers in this country. I suppose you support burning the Confederate flag.....I think not. Be careful what words you say because you just may have to eat them. I think the day after thanksgiving is a perfect day to remember the Native Americans. The awesome thing is they have never demanded to be remembered...that's all the more reason to set aside a day to remember what they sacrificed to the white man.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/04/08 - 09:30 am
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Lynx, you are going to have

Lynx, you are going to have to change your name to LynxRNot.

Tujeez
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Tujeez 12/04/08 - 09:39 am
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PT, There is a limit to the

PT, There is a limit to the amount of Knowledge that BS will suffice for, I think you have found that limit. If I bargained with you for your posessions and then took what I couldn't negotiate for fairly at the end of a gun, you wouldn't like the rest of humanity calling you a loser. And if the Greedy thieving "American" settlers had stuck to one arranged agreement, then the Native Americans would have suffered less humiliation and genocide would have been avoided. The Supreme Court of the United States Upheld the Rights of the Cherokee "Indians" to Remain in posession of their land in the east. President Andrew Jackson said, "The Court Has Made It's Decision, Now, let it enforce it." With that he ordered the removal of the Cherokee"Indians" to Reservations in Oklahoma. You should try that "loser" label on sometimes, it might suit you. The Land was stolen, and that that wasn't stolen was murdered for. The "bargaining" that was done, was done to appease the whites, but greed knows no bounds. You should be more careful where you throw you stones. Old bones heal, but they heal slowly.

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palomino9 12/04/08 - 10:02 am
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your thoughts are correct.

your thoughts are correct. americans killed, tortured, raped, and slaughtered the Native Americans. Their land was stolen, and the government gave them little patches of property to live on.

Tujeez
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Tujeez 12/04/08 - 10:06 am
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If you want to see what

If you want to see what terrorism is, google Chief Joseph, and read his "From where the Sun now stands" speech. Maybe then, you will know what manner of "civilized" ancestors you came from. The Native Americans called Gen. George Armstrong Custer the "Son of the Morning Star". They called him that because he had a habit of attacking Native Villages at dawn, riding in with his Cavalry and indiscriminately killing men, women and children as they fled. No concentration death camps awaited them, no gas chambers, no crematoriums. They died where they lay, none were spared. When the Native Americans did finally come to accept life on the Reservations, they asked for Vaccinations against smallpox. Doctors at the "Soldier Forts" often injected them with the smallpox virus instead, killing untold thousands more. The tales of the "Native Americans" would chill you to the bone. Best that you forget your part of their history.

reader54
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reader54 12/04/08 - 10:09 am
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Patricia Thomas:You state

Patricia Thomas:You state that the American Indians didn't have a society.Well,that is a very shallow and elitist statement! Do you think our society based on greed and consumption trumps a society based on family and a deep spirituality? There's more to life than a big screen TV,cell phones for bratty kids ,huge homes that consume the planet's resources and contribute to the destruction of our rivers ,oceans and the air we breath. You obviously rate success based on material possession,greed,envy and arrogance.I guess you think a society that is full of child molesters,thieves,corruption and drug abuse is a model of a great society.As far as being" losers", I guess you think that tricking a trusting and good hearted people and then slaughtering them is something that makes a people superior! Not to mention exposing them to disease and decadence! Shame on you for your callous and mean-spirited remarks!! The sole reason that the American Indians don't receive the respect and standing in our sick society is the lack of political clout.i.e.votes. I guess that you think that the Jews.Rwandan and others that are subjected to ethnic cleansing are "Losers as well !COMPASSIONATE CONSERV.?!

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KingJames 12/04/08 - 10:30 am
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A statement was made about

A statement was made about Native Americans being losers. Well, all I have to say is consider the source and pity her for it. She even joked about an elderly man having his pants pulled down and his walking cane taken during a robbery. Most of us know that humor and sarcasm have their place in discussions, but this is not one of them. The argument that we are all Americans so why should that group get special recognition doesn't go over well with me. Native Americans have been mistreated since Europeans arrived on this continent, but remnants of the race continues to survive. That in and of itself is a reason to celebrate. Actually, it is a reason to learn more about them so that crazy statements like PatT's are hushed. I had an opportunity to watch Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee on HBO a few weeks ago. It was sad because the only thing the people wanted was to live and be left alone. PatT should see that movie before she makes anymore statements about Native Americans.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/04/08 - 10:32 am
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reader, History also shows

reader, History also shows Native Americans routinely warred with each other over lands and other disputes. They were human too.

reader54
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reader54 12/04/08 - 11:15 am
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Facts:All people war because

Facts:All people war because no people are perfect.In fact,territorial disputes are natural as evidenced by the animal kingdom. However,that doesn't justify Pt's moronic post.Just my opinion.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/04/08 - 11:31 am
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I know, I just thought it

I know, I just thought it ought to be noted that the American Indians were not without greed of their own.

reader54
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reader54 12/04/08 - 12:15 pm
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Kindly taken Facts, Have a

Kindly taken Facts, Have a great day!!

Tujeez
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Tujeez 12/04/08 - 12:17 pm
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JTF, The Natives Fought to

JTF, The Natives Fought to retain or gain rights to resources when theirs were sparse. Most "Battles" were honor seeking contests of bravery and skill. To most plains tribes, touching an enemy with a "Coup" stick was a greater honor than killing, and caused no other harm than the "dishonor" of being touched. The Natives knew no words for greed, until the whites came. They thought that No One could own the land, least of all them. They had no concept of land as property, as they believed that the Earth was their Mother and they had no right to own what rightfully "owned" them. The Earth was the sacred place from whence all came and to which the "honorable" would return. They believed that the Earth would not "take in" the bones of the "Dishonorable", but would "spit them out" to bleach in the sun. If you could fully come to understand their concepts, it would blow your mind. There is no Honor in our Society that would compare to theirs.

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steve-o 12/04/08 - 12:23 pm
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You can't honor the Indians

You can't honor the Indians every year! They hardly even make the playoffs! let alone the world series!

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 12/04/08 - 01:20 pm
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TechLover and other American

TechLover and other American Indian apologists, The Americans NEVER gave smallpox infected blankets to the indians. One British officer did this around 1763 - prior to America being established. The indians were not losers, just unable to form alliances that lasted before they attacked each other. There was no need for the white man to destroy them - they did that on their own quite well.

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