Dr Yeagley has been inquiring about how Conservatives think about Native Americans and Native Americans Issues, this excludes poultry. For reasons that are unknown people tend to lump me in with the Conservatives. Several of our readers have Native American heritage including Uptown Steve who is also part celery as well.
I will begin with my opinion. The Native American is a inkblot for many people. What we see in them is more of a relection of us then what they are. In NYC Native Americans are one of the few groups I do not encounter. However as a NYC native people have to define themselves as individuals.
Where does a person with little or no contact with Native Americans prior to my time at Bad Eagle get their knowledge. My exposure is through neo-communist lite Social Science and history classes. Antropologists tend to portray tribal people as benign Marxist types. However, my professor went out of his way to stress the wide differences between Aztec, Onieda, Comanche and other societies. Grouping such divergent cultures together is as wrong as lumping Sweedes and Greeks together. Native American cultures like all others were a mix of good and bad. Some tribes were imperialistic and many practiced slavery, but so were the Europeans. There were also peaceful tribes and most practices some form of trade. Moreover, Native Americans readilly adapted available technology.
The other source is the media which fluctuates between blood starved sex crazed savages and all knowing wise men and Land o Lakes maidens. The current trend is towards all wise shamans. I do like the Indians in the Frisco Kid, but that is another story.
The problem most people have is a lack of contact. Do most of us see Native Americans in our daily lives. Do we see Native American truck drivers, military personel, teachers, house wives, musicians and yes farmers? On the rare times we see Native Americans on TV it is accademic goons using Native American history to further an anti American agenda.
Let Native Americans take back their history from the accademic neo-marxist social science dolts.Let them run their own business not limited to casinos. Let the non Native American profiteers recoup their investments and stop abusing Native American history.
I have zero problems with the special relationship and obligations my country has to Native Americans. However, I want to hear this from genuine Native Americans and not some freak creation of Neo-marxist goons in a Social Science department. America wants to hear what you want in your own voice.
Can Native Americans be patriots? They certainly have served with honor in the military. The question is absurd as anyone could be a patriot. The exceptions to this are Marcusian and traditional Marxists, Jihadis and racial power nuts who are prone to nature of who they are of divided loyalty and incapable of logic. However, the vast majority of us are patriots and view America as a force for good.