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Michael Martin - Shining Light on the Needs of Native Americans

Society & Culture  (tags: indiginous, seneca, new york, indian, Native American Rights, iroquois, tribe, nation, the first nations )

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Barb Knight (1708)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:31 pm
Bless his heart!! It's good to see someone fighting for his people!! Thnx Kelly!!

Fiona Ogilvie (1018)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:38 pm
I have to believe that all living creatures whether they walk, swim, or fly are equally children of Mother Earth. The statement by Martin is beautiful. But I cannot put man above animals. We are equally children of Mother Earth.

Dandelion G. (383)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:17 pm
Did I miss something Bee Hive Lady? I do not see anywhere he states he as a man is above anyone or anything? He is trying to help the urban Indians which is a wonderful thing as they too are the Invisible ones. Is good to see a younger man or woman who is trying to service others.

Susan S. (187)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 5:28 pm
This issue is a tough one for first nations in Canada, as well as in Australia. We really noticed the racism evident in Alice Springs directed towards aboriginal people and it is obvious that it is part of an 'urban indian' dilemma. At the School of Human Justice in Regina, Saskatchewan they struggle to understand all the complexities behind this issue. Segregating first nations people to reserves and then wondering why they have difficulty adjusting to urban life once they leave their tribes is a bit similar to understanding South Africa's apartheid system. The Canadian federal government is still involved with treaties, self-determination is still on the table, and some first nations have much more economic power than others. Aboriginal people in Canada are diverse, with tribes as varied and different as any cultures on earth - inuit, metis and first nations but all indigenous and aboriginal. It is not right to stereotype them and as God's children they deserve equal treatment, no matter if they are urban or not.

Debbie G. (311)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:37 am
Thanks Kelly. Good for Michael. This is encouraging.

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 1:38 pm
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