indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
The University of Tulsa College of Law - Master's in Indian Law
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Ivan Star Comes Out: Education system diminishes Native people

Filed Under: Education | Opinion
More on: ivan star comes out, native sun news, religion
     
   

Ivan F. Star Comes Out

Distorting historic events about Indians
By Ivan F. Star Comes Out
Native Sun News Today Columnist
nativesunnews.today

I learned the truth about American history while working in St. Paul in the early 1990s. As natives, we have been omitted from history texts, as taught in the American school system. Basically, we have been banned from modern society. Instead, our ancestors were assailed, massacred. The survivors were “civilized” and “Christianized.” As descendants, we are still misunderstood and maltreated.

Although an accurate native population count in 1492 is difficult, it has been estimated that up to 90% were slaughtered, 112 million to 6 million in 1560. This is the result of the indiscriminate slaughter under the “Manifest Destiny” doctrine, established by a Papal Bull in 1452. Native people were relegated to a Godless, inimical, and subhuman status. They were basically a hindrance to “civilization.”

The church had authorized the God-fearing Puritan newcomers to kill “Indians” and not feel remorse, similar to killing a wolf or a snake. We have been successfully portrayed as imbecilic creatures of nature, void of intelligence. We have an increasing number of faiths still on my home reservation targeting children as a means to “save us” for the “kingdom of heaven.”

Don’t misunderstand me, I respect these churches. The problem lies in the fact that they don’t respect me and my beliefs. Actually, I suspect that some of these minsters are being used to acquire money for their own human materialistic wants and needs. I doubt that the people have a genuinely pious interest in “saving” us from “eternal damnation.”

Also, I recall being confronted with, “Your people don’t have the wherewithal to even invent the wheel.” I was at a loss for words simply due to the fact that I did not have any. The new nation’s education system, including the Christian doctrine, made sure of that. I was physically removed from my culture and history which left a huge cultural void. I had nothing with which I could reply astutely.

Anyhow, here I am 20-30 years later and I can say that we have contributed more than can be imagined to this society. I learned that American history, as taught in the nation’s school system, including “Indian” schools, has been self-serving. An obvious result of this is that it diminished and eventually obliterated Native America’s credibility as humans.


Read the rest of the story on the Native Sun News Today website: Distorting historic events about Indians

(Ivan F. Star Comes Out, POB 147, Oglala, SD 57764, (605) 867-2448, mato_nasula2@outlook.com)

Copyright permission Native Sun News


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Tribes mount another fight after Trump approves another pipeline (3/24)
Native Sun News Today: Navajo elders continue long fight on land (3/24)
Editorial: Just another day of trying to keep up with the Trumps (3/24)
Elizabeth LaPensée: Video games encourage indigenous culture (3/24)
Mary Annette Pember: Native women work with youth offenders (3/24)
Tiffany Midge: Trump continues to conjure hero Andrew Jackson (3/24)
John Kane: Seneca Nation money train coming to end in New York (3/24)
Grand Ronde Tribes secure approval of school mascot agreement (3/24)
Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue (3/24)
Seneca Nation ends casino payments after sending $1.4B to state (3/24)
Appeals court hears slew of Indian cases amid focus on nominee (3/23)
Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system (3/23)
Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate (3/23)
Native Sun News Today: Young fighters maintain Lakota tradition (3/23)
Ivan Star Comes Out: America loses its self-respect and humanity (3/23)
Rosalyn LaPier: Why water remains sacred to indigenous peoples (3/23)
Winona LaDuke: North Dakota spreads filth about water protectors (3/23)
Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people (3/23)
Alex Jacobs: Donald Trump in middle of the 'deep state civil war' (3/23)
Secretary Zinke announces 'doggy days' for Interior Department (3/23)
Keystone XL Pipeline route crosses Ponca Tribe's forced removal (3/23)
Indian lawmaker resigns after being charged for child prostitution (3/23)
Pinoleville Pomo Nation buys site of long-delayed casino project (3/23)
High court pick acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (3/22)
Dakota Access submits another status update entirely under seal (3/22)
Court allows claim for alleged underpayment in Cobell settlement (3/22)
South Dakota tribes continue to extend Class III gaming compacts (3/22)
Cowlitz Tribe secures approval to offer liquor as casino debut nears (3/22)
Native Sun News Today: Community project continues at Pine Ridge (3/22)
Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred site complains about delays (3/22)
Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sisters (3/22)
Stacy Pratt: Visiting the gravesite of Andrew Jackson in Tennessee (3/22)
Murder charge filed for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation police officer (3/22)
Muckleshoot Tribe still seeking answers for fatal shooting by officer (3/22)
Hopland Band submits claim for county raid of marijuana operation (3/22)
Chukchansi Tribe sued for $21M by gaming development company (3/22)
Seminole Tribe accused of breaking contract with outlet at casino (3/22)
Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (3/21)
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes (3/21)
Ponca Tribe hosts 282-mile walk to retrace trail of forced removal (3/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.