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In September, on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said, “I think assimilation is an amazing thing. A good example of how even in our country, assimilation didn’t happen, and it’s been a disaster for the people, has been the Native American population on the reservations. If they were assimilated within a decade they’d probably be doing as well as the rest of us.” Do you agree or disagree with what Sen. Paul said? Is the discussion about assimilation more complex than Native Americans choosing to cast aside traditional culture and beliefs to join the dominate society? What does it mean to you to assimilate?
Dr. Brenda Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) – historian and professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota
Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota) – culture editor for Indian Country Today Media Network
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Shechaim Walkingfox says
The act of ‘Assimilate’ in and as its self is one thing,
“to take in, with or without permission!”
However, Assimilate was only a very small part in the destruction of our people?
I use my people for an example?
First your people just kept moving into our villages, next came a new word to our people, buying property?
One cannot buy “Mother Earth?”
Our people in the northeast moved around throughout the four seasons, when we came back to our main village we were shot, beat-up and/or arrested?
The decedents of those ancestors learned quickly to learn your ways while moving out of your way!
Many of my people that refused to any of the above were murdered!
The next trick was “Rape and/or Marriage!”
The last way to “Spade” as if we were just another animal in your way!
Assimilate that Senator.
Harry Lord says
Nelson Mandela- The educational policies of apartheid is truly a crime against humanity!
The government boarding schools and church mission schools main feature meets and exceeds the definition of genocide: Forcible removal of children from one ethnic group to another.
The etiquette of apartheid indoctrination inflicted a condition I call “deep cycle mental genocide” that needs to be processed as a crime against all humanity as a measure of justice in the interests of all humanity!