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WOW – Native American racial slurs!

By my count there are 757, give or take, one or two sporting teams in the U.S. with some sort of Indian term in their team name. We, of course, think of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins. The rest are professional baseball teams, along with various college and high school teams.

There are about 5 million Native Americans in the U.S. today. That is 1.6 percent of the population. There are fewer Native Americans than Mormons – and there aren’t very many of those.

In 1830 congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which said the Indians would be relocated west of the Mississippi River. The government then forced treaties on the Indians and established reservations. In the country today there are 550 tribes recognized by the U.S. government. Can you imagine the president showing the Indian chiefs 8 x 10 color photos of their new lands – beautiful large trees, bright green grasslands, abundant game animals, and plenty of lakes and streams. I drove through the reservations in Arizona – bare land everywhere, dry as a bone, not even a prairie dog could live there. AH, tricked again. In 1924 all Native Americans were granted citizenship by congress. That was 4 years after women in the U.S. were given the right to vote.

Who knows where Indians got there name… Columbus on his first trip east went to what is now the Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba. He never set foot on what is now the United States. He thought he had found uncharted islands near Japan and China – instead of the popular theory that he was in India, go figure.

The Indian tribes are recognized as sovereign nations by the U.S. government – with their own government, police forces and casino rights – yet, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government. According to one authority in Indian affairs (who wishes to remain nameless) the government doles out billions of dollars to the tribes every year. However, I could find no figures to support this statement.

As for racist slurs, aren’t there bigger trout to fry – Such as alcoholism, drug abuse, school dropout rates, Indian gangs terrorizing their own people, poverty and unemployment rates. To say nothing of mental illness figures and suicide rates.


-Wit Waltman

Trail of Beers


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