Child marriages were common in history.
Soon after sitting down I noticed that we were seated at a table directly facing a framed poster of the Declaration of Independence. The irony almost made me laugh. Gallup, New Mexico is a border town to the Navajo reservation.
When our server, who was also Native, came to the table, I asked if I could show him something. I showed her the quote and assured her that I was not trying to cause problems. After more than a decade of living on the Navajo Nation, I have become used to such offenses when I travel outside of our reservation.
After the manager left, I noticed that another Native couple seated near us had taken interest in our conversation.
I invited them over and showed them the same offensive line hanging over our table. They were astounded that throughout their entire education they were never told the Declaration referred to Natives in such a way. For we have declared it a national holiday complete with fireworks, parades, and speeches.
The foundations of the United States of America are blatantly unjust. This land was stolen. Native peoples, Africans, and many other minority communities have long been recipients of systemic racism. And the roots of it are right there for the entire world to see, printed in many of our founding documents — like the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and United States Supreme Court case rulings.
As a nation we embrace this history because we are largely ignorant of the true nature of our past and have never been held accountable for our actions. Where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.
But a majority of our citizens celebrate in ignorance. After traveling throughout the country and educating audiences on the Doctrine of Discovery and its influence on our nation, I would estimate that less than 3 percent of Americans know this history or understand its impact on the current-day situation of Native peoples.
As a nation, the United States of America does not share a common memory, and therefore struggles to have true community. God give us the courage to create a common memory The author and the framed Declaration of Independence in a Gallup, New Mexico restaurant.
So this Fourth of July, I invite every American to start the day by learning about the Doctrine of Discovery — and allowing the reality of the dehumanizing nature of this doctrine to temper your celebrations.
I invite the church in America to lament the unjust and racist foundations of the nation in which we are sojourners. Because the reality is, the U. And at the end of the day, I humbly ask you to conclude your celebrations with the following prayer: It would also provide a platform for survivors of Indian boarding schools to share stories of their experiences.
For more information you can visit my website wirelesshogan. Lead image courtesy of Lightstock. All others courtesy of the author.The Declaration of Independence calls Natives “merciless Indian savages.” This is the dilemma that Native ‘Americans’ face every day.
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