On Wednesday, Sept. 13, the Elko Free Press posted Thomas Mitchell’s article titled; “Learn from the mistakes of the past, don’t erase them.”
Mr. Mitchell’s opening remarks were right on and the fact that wasting time and money on these matters is sincerely accurate and yes, there are in fact more pressing issues that need immediate attention.
When someone screams wolf, everyone jumps up and stops paying attention to what they were paying attention to, simply put, that’s what environmentalist, activist and tribal people or Indians such as myself want, just to have people pay attention to what we are talking about.
The political attack on American Indian/Native American sacred sites, the historical monuments and historical place names is in a direct sense an out and out attack on all of the Public Lands (hunting, fishing, camping, etc.) monitored by the Federal Government.
Understanding history and the so-called American Heroes is difficult and people often just look at one side, but then again there’s the history of the American Indian/Native American, which has within the last several decades had the Indian side of history being told which has brought forth words like inhuman, genocide and holocaust.
Then there’s the matter of racism and labeling people. Historically, racial and political hate has a severe connection to American History, it has never really gone away. Just recently for example a political candidate in Alabama in a campaign speech referred to people of color as red (Indian), yellow (Asian) and brown (Hispanic), a form of racism that goes back centuries when America was discovered and the people already living here were wrongfully named.
In closing, Mr. Mitchell stated that “We could use more unifying and less dividing," an accurate respect that we all should try to comprehend, because America seems to be headed into a political tailspin and voters need to reassess who they elect into those offices that govern our “Constitutional Freedoms, Human and Civil Rights.”
In the aftermath of these recent natural disasters, watching Americans, the world and neighbor helping neighbor, is indeed proof of how great unity can be.