Steven Lewis Simpson

Russell Means on Riz Khan's show talking about Thanksgiving

Here’s an interesting interview recently with Russell on Riz Khan’s great show on Al Jazeera


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    Here’s a quote from Obama’s Speech just to clear things up to that part.
    “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

    Sounds like we ARE citizens:
    “BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and house of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all non citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: Provided That the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property. (Approved June 2, 1924)”

    This seems to be Russel Means’ “Photo Opp”, But at least he’s getting Native issues out there. Very Cool

  4. StevenLewisSimpson Post author

    Yeah I’m totally with you on the sentiments of Obama’s speech and how it’s being spun.

    The Citizens thing is an interesting one from a perspective of International Law as we know they are meaning the territorial limits of the United States is including Sovereign Indian nations over which they have no technical jurisdiction and likewise over those born within those borders. Legally it is no different than China saying Tibetans are now Chinese citizens or in its purest sense say France saying to Spain you are now French citizens. The reason it is different is not a legal reason, purely one of force. The US constitutions says that treaties are the supreme law of the land and the treaties say that most of the tribal nations are not part of the USA so the USA has no legal rights to determine their citizenship.

    What I like about Al Jazeera is there not scared of bringing in all points of view and respecting them all enough to hear what they have to say.

    Thanks so much for posting.

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