“During the 1964 elections Indians were talking in Arizona about the relative positions of the two candidates, Johnson and Goldwater. A white man told them to forget about domestic polities and concentrate on the foreign policies of the two men. One Indian looked at him coldly and said that from the Indian point of view it was all foreign policy.”
Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto — Vine Deloria, Jr.
the world on November 11th,
there are remembrances of military service and lives lost in conflicts and
wars. Throughout the history of the United States, Native Americans have
enlisted and fought in the armed services, facing challenges both on and off
the battlefields. Learn about 20th century Native American veterans in
this Weekend Edition piece
from November 11, 2000.
Photo: Members of the Native American veterans of the Vietnam War
stand in honor as part of the color guard at the Vietnam Veterans War memorial
ceremony on Veterans Day 1990. Credit: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images
“Reservations were meant to be prisons, you know? Indians were supposed to move onto reservations and die. We were supposed to disappear. But somehow or another, Indians have forgotten that reservations were meant to be death camps.”
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian — Sherman Alexie
I am a senior studying sociology at the University of Michigan and I am conducting an honors thesis on the experiences of LGBTTQ Native Americans. As a queer identified member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of the Odawa Indians, I was inspired to create this project after realizing my identities were not represented in academia. The purpose of this project is to explore the unique experiences of queer Natives, offer a platform for participants to share their stories, and create a space for these individuals in the discipline of sociology. If you or anyone you know may be interested in participating in this study, please send me a direct message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!