Indian Time - A Voice from the Eastern Door

Keep the Conversation going:


Sekon, “Hello’’

You haven’t heard from me in a while and I know many of you don’t care. You want me to ‘’Just Shut Up’’. Many of you look at me pissed off. I’ve even had comments like ‘’What difference does it make?” Until there is a Residency Referendum native men and women will keep taking advantage of our Reservation. This will hold them accountable and establish guidelines.

In short, the term Indian reservation is a legal designation for an area of land managed by a federally recognized Native American tribe under the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The name ‘’reservation’’ comes from the concept of the Native American Tribes as independent sovereigns at the time the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Thus, the early peace treaties (often signed under duress) in which Native American tribes surrendered large portions of land to the U.S. also designated parcels which the tribes, as sovereigns, ‘’reserved’’ to themselves, and those parcels came to be called ‘’reservations’’. The term remained in use even after the federal government began to forcibly relocate tribes to parcels of land to which they had no historical connection.

This was once all our land. What did our ancestors go through? Is it too in this 21st century. We should all feel passionate about this.

Niawen, Thank You

Lou Ann Paquin


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