To the editor: Native Americans have fought for what is their rights since 1492 and later in the great Indian and First Nation wars against many foes and later the U.S. government and are a political entity and always will be. Native Americans were exposed to genocide, assimilation, sexual molestation and separations from families, which the Alaska Office of Children’s Services is still doing, through the U.S. government’s boarding schools. Native Americans were left to starve when the government put bounty on their food source — the great buffalo herd — for $4 a hide. Native Americans faced more cruelty when the U.S. exposed them to biological warfare of smallpox, tuberculosis and other unknown diseases to reduce their population of 100 million to only a few million today, and, more recently, in the 1950s, through the Iodine 131 experiments in Alaska.
For freedom of this country and Indian country, their sacred languages, war-fighting tactics and now abundant honorable veterans, Native Americans gave the U.S. government a winning edge to survive World War II and all other war campaigns still in action. Their wisdom and knowledge built and maintained this continent through their traditions, culture and customs, and they are the most peaceful political entity (tribal governments) this country will ever see. Their next generation has the right tools to make this country even greater.
To show peace and love, Native Americans gave the first Europeans the first welfare check, a conjunction of fish, wildlife and vegetables, and today they are still here. Their ways have flourished for thousands of years and their ways never contributed to any climate changes, global warming or contamination of this continent.
Everyone should understand and respect that every American today is on Native American land and gravesites and that they shared this with all Americans in good faith.