Native Americans’ treatment shameful

This is an interesting letter to say the least.

As you will learn by reading the following letter and books on our people,
government murdered hundreds of thousands
unarmed, defenseless, innocent, old men, women and children
from tribes throughout Indian Country
(The United States of America).
While knowing this,
still no president,
including President Barrack Obama,

will end the
insult to an innocent man
and free Leonard Peltier.

someone and no one really knows who,
shot two Federal Agents
after someone,
no one knows who,
fired a shot,
while the Federal Agents
were trespassing
on private land!

Letter to the Editor
Native Americans’ treatment shameful
Posted: July 16, 2016
If the Ten Commandments are something from the Bible that should be taken literally,

I think it is logical to conclude that America has to be disqualified from the
claim of being a Christian nation,

since the commandments against

stealing, murdering, coveting and making false idols

heinously violated when the federal, state and local governments

decided to greedily take minerals and precious metals from the Native Americans' lands

without compensation and then brutally expropriated those same lands.

When reading

"Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,"

I was horrified to learn that when the U.S. Cavalry was tasked
with removing Native Americans from their lands,

abominable methods were used that often approximated those of the Islamic State.

Basically, any and all atrocities imaginable were perpetrated
against defenseless and peaceful women, children, babies and old people.

Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly,

what reinforces this notion that the U.S. cannot be thought of as a Christian nation
is that the mistreatment of Native Americans is being perpetuated to this day,

with the continued existence of reservations where living conditions are tragically inhumane,

with unemployment rates reaching 80 percent,

where alcoholism and drug abuse are rampant


where hopelessness results in teenage suicide rates up to 10 times the national average.
It has been said that the measure of a society
is how it cares for the least of those in that society.

It is a sad state of affairs when non-profit organizations like Remote Area Medical

are needed to provide the services
that impoverished people are entitled to by virtue
not only of the principle of common human decency

but by being the citizens of the wealthiest nation on the planet.

I think it is high time this country atoned for its misdeeds in any and every way possible.

Robert A. Christiansen, Knoxville

One Comment Allan Webb on Sunday

And no dramatic measures have even been considered in addressing the problems that OUR indigenous people have.

I don't have a solution but we owe it to them.

The politicians ignore them except for helping them get casinos on reservations.

They probably got a kick-back from the gambling lobby as a donation to the benefit of the members of the two houses of Congress.
might not be the sharpest tack in the package,
but I for one have the answer

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