Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Giago, TDP differ on American Indian participation in annual buffalo pageant


A South Dakota state park named for a war criminal keeps a drove of allegorical mooching donkeys as a slap in the face to the South Dakota Democratic Party and stages an annual mock bison roundup appropriated from the hunting practices of some indigenous peoples.
Imagine the pageantry and the inter-national interest if warriors of the Great Plains in full regalia rode on to the fields with the white cowboys to participate in the Buffalo Roundup. It would be a sight that would revive a religious and historic event right before the eyes of thousands. [Tim Giago]
Well maybe, Tim. Shall we niggle?

Sure, the Lakota acquired horses around 1742 then used them as weapons of mass destruction conquering most of the northern plains and the Black Hills region. But, likely with help from dogs for some ten thousand years before that the ancestors of the Crow, Arikara and others drove bison over cliffs and into sinkholes like the Vore site near Beulah, Wyoming.

It's difficult to imagine a spectacle like that before a herd of gawking tourists.

Besides, relations between the tribes trapped in South Dakota and the chemical toilet attendants in Pierre are at an all time slump as white people kill themselves and their families after stealing money meant for American Indian education.

Until Denny Daugaard is relieved of command Mr. Giago might be better served after Governor Billie Sutton takes the oath of office then offers real reconciliation and expands Medicaid.

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