Trump Says Native Americans' Heritage Month Is Also for the White Men Who Stole Their Land

 

November 7, 2019

FILE--In this July 13, 2018, file photo, a woman performs a traditional Native American dance during the North American Indian Days celebration on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Mont. A study released by a Native American non-profit says numerous police departments in cities nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file) A woman performs a traditional Native American dance during the North American Indian Days celebration on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Mont., on July 13, 2018. Photo: David Goldman/AP

Since 1990, the federal government has recognized November, albeit too quietly, as National Native American Heritage Month. Like most commemorative months dedicated to honoring the culture and history of an oppressed people in the U.S., Native American Heritage Month has always been a grossly insufficient gesture. So it was only added insult to an unbroken history of injury visited upon Indigenous people when President Donald Trump declared that November would also be "National American History and Founders Month."

The White House issued a presidential proclamation at the end of last week to little fanfare. "For more than two centuries, the American experiment in self-government has been the antithesis to tyranny," said the statement, a paean to nationalist myths. Trump did issue a presidential proclamation recognizing Native American Heritage Month on the same day, as he had in 2017 and 2018. Yet while the proclamation for Founders Month lives on WhiteHouse.gov, the statement recognizing Indigenous history is nowhere to be found on the site.


https://theintercept.com/2019/11/06/trump-native-american-heritage-month/

 

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