Great piece on the dichotomy of being a part of this Empire and a victim of it.
What does 9-11 mean to Native America? Native America should think carefully about 9-11 and the reasons it happened. It did not happen just because all those dang Muslims are jealous of our “freedoms.” If we consider that a valid explanation we should also consider what our American Empire has done, and continues to do, in the world as possible explanations.
The whole country should know by now that Natives loyally join the U.S. armed forces at higher proportions than any other population; I have close family members who gave their blood for the U.S. and many friends that are currently serving in American armed forces. So it is with tangible ambivalence that I write this piece. I do not know all the reasons we join the military so eagerly. Maybe it’s our warrior spirit; maybe it’s our poverty levels; maybe it’s our duty to defend our continent; maybe we love America. What I do know is that few of us, especially our leadership, make a conscious effort to understand the American Empire and discern for ourselves whether we should align our national choices and policies in lock step with the U.S. I think it is time some of us start pushing us in different directions.