Charles Kader: A new town destroyer puts tribal relations to the test

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Charles Kader, a citizen of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, is prepared for the next four years President Donald Trump:
Donald Trump became the new United States President after swearing his oath to the American people on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible. Various religious figures spoke words of blessing. The sun rose and set on an otherwise normal winter day. And all things remain the same for North American Indians as they did from political eras seen before, since 1492.

The words of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech struck me as I listened to them over the Internet live. His words of “America First” were received in a bi-polar response. A number of my social media connections said it was a good speech and left it at that. Others messaged that the countdown to oblivion was on, start the stopwatch, etc.

Most of my Native friends stayed silent. I think a lot of them were working too hard to support their families rather than to spend their valuable time monitoring what to them seems like a foreign government’s business. My own Native heritage, as a descendant of those who lived in Iroquois longhouses when the American colonies first revolted, identifies the presidential office-holder as a town destroyer following George Washington’s actions in 1779 in Seneca territory. Washington lived up to a complex family legacy when he unleashed General Sullivan on a military expedition that would destroy dozens of Iroquois villages. The label of Rahnatakaias (Town Destroyer) stuck.

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