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Indigenist Intelligence Review: "Navajobama" One More Reason Race Always Matters...
Despite the lengths White America is willing to go in their eternal struggle to redefine their place in the history of ethno-centric misanthropic atrocities, the efforts of the victims hopelessly incapable of divorcing themselves from identifying with their offender should never be underestimated. In this case in point we have representatives hailing from historically maligned populations not only speaking with the tongues of White racist America, but seeping to the level of employing similar visual umbrage in the name of “progress.”

Why this is happening to the Dine’ people is beyond me. Haven’t they suffered enough? Their elders are being intimidated by BIA and other armed officials on their own land, forcing them to go through “checkpoints” on privately owed farms and ranges. They have been targeted by current presidential wannabe Senator John "I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live" McCain for forced removal from lands they have existed in since 1500 AD. According to the United Nations, John McCain and by extension the United States is guilty of genocide in violation of several international laws in particular the 1948 Convention on the Crime and Punishment of Genocide for removing the Dine’ from their ancestral territory by coercion and force of arms. (See: Navajo Resettlement & Navajo Accommodation Agreement, Navajo Settlement, and amendments to PL 93-531, PL S.1003)

Even housewife’s choice mascot Oprah Winfrey got her licks in by making a major production of her visit to Indian Country by pressuring the Dine’ to hold an authentic traditional Navajo Pow-Wow for her visit. The Dine’ people do not Pow-Wow but that wasn’t the point. Ms. Winfrey’s predominately White and wannabe White audience expected an Indian floor show and the Dine’ government desperate for revenue and acceptance, capitulated. Even after dying for them, the disrespect continues unabated. While not a Dine’ tribal member, the loss of Hopi Pfc. Lori Piestewa weighed heavily on their hearts as her people share what little is left of Indigenous territory in North America with them. What hurt more were the lies used as pro-war propaganda making a mockery of the facts behind how their sister really lost her life in the service of Pax Americana.

Ms. Piestewa was as disrespected in life as she was in service to the United States. As an Indian, the White American mind could not envision her as anything other than an anachronism of paradise lost, a remnant of a pre-Anglo-Saxon American age of quarrel. The news articles and press releases reflected this “Indian Warrior” bias and “responsible” Native America, fearful of losing their status as wards of the colonial state, accepted the tall tales and allowed the misinformation apparatus to misrepresent her and her honour. Our self-worth it seems in many ways is as separate from our hearts and minds as we are now from the land.

Thankfully not all of us are so willing to lie down and die so easily. Reznet posted a column dedicated to collecting opinions on the new “Navajomaba” t-shirts featuring Barack Obama sporting a Plains-style war bonnet. As expected, people had plenty to say, although I find most of the merchandise on the site questionable. “Ghettobama” “Frobama”, “Showbama” and “Unabama” all smack of anti-African male bias, so a shirt insulting Indians really should not be surprising. So for all those who make a habit of excusing Aboriginal and African dismay as the unnecessary and counter-productive anger carried by non-White malcontents, think about the responses sent to Reznet and ask yourself it it sounds like just a few “Angry” Indians…
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