In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution in November 1990 that designated the month of November as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” For 23 years now, the U.S. has considered November to be the month where American Indian heritage is to be remembered, respected and celebrated.
That’s great except for a few things: honoring the treaties would be a far better way of celebrating than fancy posters and a few politically correct comments published in mainstream media to make it look like people are remembering and respecting and celebrating American Indian heritage and culture.
You see, it would be a far more respectful remembrance if the U.S. government along with the Canadian government would actually dust of the treaties, read them, and then step up to their responsibilities within those treaties instead of ignoring them. It would be a far more respectful remembrance if the U.S. government along with the Canadian government stopped discriminating against nations with whom the treaties were made because the treaties are valid and legally binding documents.
It’s time for federal, provincial and state governments to live up to the spirit as well as the letter of the law of the treaties, and stop pushing an agenda that is contrary to the spirit and the letter of the law of the treaties.
Makes November a month where wrongs are righted. And pass the word along.