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Cathy Robbins Thinking Aloud

Dissing American Indians, Part I: A Month a Year

January 7, 2013

Tags: American Indians, Native Americans, Native American Heritage Month, All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos)

November is Native American Heritage Month. Itís a good opportunity to acknowledge our oldest inhabitants, but a month a year just doesnít do the job of revealing the rich Native heritage and more importantly the lives of contemporary Indians and their communities. White Americansí continual disregard for and ignorance about Americans is the most basic form of disrespect.

Perhaps we were luckier than most Americans in our access to American Indians. Living for many years in Albuquerque, NM, a place with a significant percentage of Indians, we had many opportunities to meet Native people. Just thirty minutes away was San Felipe Pueblo, where friends welcomed us for family and holiday celebrations. About 30,000 of New Mexicoís Pueblos live in (more…)