Sunday, November 24, 2019

Rep. Killer: Native and Black communities must stand in solidarity.

Democratic former Representative Kevin Killer backed the name change to Oglala Lakota County from one based on white conquest. Receiving strong support both at the ballot box and in a petition drive leading up to the election, Killer helped get the issue passed in 2015. He is a recipient of a Bush Foundation grant.

After taking part in the August 400-Year Return trip to Africa hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) he posted a reflection of his sojourn.
Every year, I take friends to the Wounded Knee Massacre site to share this important story about my Oglala Lakota Nation. On December 29, 1890, more than 300 men, women, and children were killed by the U.S. Cavalry on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As different as the histories of Native people and enslaved Africans are, I wanted to bear witness. As we walked in the footsteps of people who were enslaved, I thought about how powerful it could be if our communities can work toward a more accurate historical narrative. This narrative change work happens everyday with our Oglala oyate (people) through language preservation efforts and traditional ceremonies held throughout the year. And that narrative must be one that honors the sacrifices and contributions of Native people through loss of life and land, and Black Americans through loss of freedom during slavery. [From South Dakota to West Africa: Following the slave trade's legacy]
Pandering to the extreme white wing of the Republican Party South Dakota's junior US Senator says he doesn't support rescinding Medals of Honor for the soldiers who butchered Big Foot's band at Wounded Knee.

Thank you, Nino Scalia, for reminding us why Democrats need to control the federal bench. Democrats have to retake all three branches of the federal government, drive the buyouts of the welfare ranchers who occupy the Mountain West and High Plains then offer tribal nations reparations through land repatriation.

2 comments:

  1. The Senate companion to the Remove the Stain Act that would rescind Medals of Honor for twenty war criminals responsible for the slaughter of children, women and men in 1890 at Wounded Knee in occupied South Dakota is at risk to career criminal Donald Trump: Indian Country Today.

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  2. "There’s no honor in being part of a massacre. It’s time for Rounds, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Dusty Johnson to throw their support behind the Remove The Stain Act." David Lias, Vermillion Plain Talk

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