America’s Native Prisoners of War


As some of you know I was fortunate enough to spend a week last year at Rosebud Reservation in Mission, South Dakota. (The posts from the first week of February 2010 are my thoughts and pictures when I was there so if you are interested search my archives.)  It changed me.  It changed a lot of what I thought about the Native Americans.  It made me understand what really happened to them.  My husband found this video on Ted.com and I feel compelled to share it.  I will warn you that it is about 15 minutes long and pretty sobering.   If you choose to watch it you will learn the history of the Lakota Sioux people who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation–not too far from Rosebud.  It is an amazing piece by Aaron Huey who has lived among our Native American friends and become their friend and advocate.  I would love to hear your comments if you choose to invest the time in watching it.  His photographs are marvelous and really hit my heart.

Comments

  1. If one tried, they could compare this to the Holocaust in Germany. They rounded up the Jewish people and didn’t want them to leave the ghettos there. This is almost the same thing.
    Very moving.

    • I totally agreed. The Rosebud Reservation where I was at has the same issues as Pine Ridge. Add to it teenage suicide rates that are skyrocketing and it is a gloomy gloomy thing. Thanks for viewing it—I just can not believe what we did to them and continue to do.

  2. Stirring, emotional, and so very, very sad. That is not a “reservation”, let’s face it, that’s a ghetto. And disturbing to say the least. We send hundreds of millions of dollars overseas to people who hate us without reason. Why not spend some of it here on people who have the right to hate us?

    • Thanks for watching. I can not believe that these people would even look at “white men” let alone talk to them. I had such a powerful experience there for one week and I will never look at an American Indian in the same way again.

  3. I receive an email – joke email – and here’s one of them,

    Dear White People,
    Don’t you just hate immigrants?
    Sincerely,
    Native Americans

    Kinda like a bitter joke I think. When I was volunteering at TESSA I once read a survey about the suicide rates are higher for native american. Very sad, I think they being neglected and forgotten and it is part of our duty to help protect that culture because it’s part of America history and heritage.

    • Sendie—that was a good one! I will have to remember it!!! I think if people really stopped to think about the atrocities that were a part of the Native American culture they would be more compassionate or at least I hope they would be!

  4. pattisj says:

    I don’t remember this being taught in American History, certainly not with understanding, maybe the dates and events, but no explanation. I used to question why they would choose to live like this, but could it be true they had no choice?

    • Unfortunately I think it is true. Our history books were written from the “white man” perspective. I was witness first hand to the poverty and issues that come as a result of being oppressed for years and years. Of course there are exceptions like there are in anything but it is a sad thing what we have done to our native people. Thanks for watching it.

  5. Many prisoners of war right here in “sunny” Miami. People shivering in their homes hearing the pop, pop, pop from the guns of thugs that rule the night.

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