Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Better than this? That's not U.S. history


January 12, 2021

Four years ago I was invited to a meeting with a variety of tribal and community leaders to talk about the election of Donald Trump and what it meant. I was told to be bold, push the thinking to a new place. So my talk focused on how tribal nations should prepare for the end of the United States. My basic premise is that our governments pre-date the United States and will be here after the United States.

Of course the past four years have erased so many boundaries that people considered normal. Even now you hear folks saying that the events of the past week are unique to American history. This is not us.

That very thought might capture one of the greatest divisions remaining in the United States. Is this story about who we as a nation are? Are we (or were we at any point) the Great City on a Hill, America as the Garden of Eden?


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