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  •  The "1924 ... & Indians" is a little misleading. (16+ / 0-)

    The federal government decided to recognize the continent's first inhabitants as U.S. citizens in 1924 (mighty big of them), but in some states, like mine (AZ), American Indians did not get the vote until 1948. That's right, Ira Hayes helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima, then came home to a state where he could not vote.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 12:11:46 PM PDT

    •  In the awesome Ken Burns documentary on (6+ / 0-)

      Burns and Allen Lewis and Clarke, there is, I recall, a good bit of focus on how the black men with the expedition were treated as equals and everything whilst in "Indian Territory".

      Upon the successful return 2 or 3 years later - POOF! back to slavery like nothing had ever changed.

      Infuriating.

      (This is a recollection from watching a documentary: I am AWARE many here may have much better historical info that I do and that I can be wrong: so really, just share your better info and don't use my butchered version - which is posted in good faith - as a reason to HR me and go on a temper tantrum. Just correct the information and I will assimilate it forever and ever.)

    •  of course this is the same country which rounded (4+ / 0-)

      up Japanese Americans before finally allowing the formation of a Nisei battalion which was one of the premier units in WW2 and there is the example of the Tuskegee airmen.  There is such an irony in reading Allied propaganda about the fight for "freedom" when Native Americans, African Americans and Japanese Americans fought and died for freedoms they did not have.

      I remember years ago hitching a ride on the VA bus and talking with a WW2 African American vet who revealed that his CO advised his men not to get off the bus if traveling through the South and to not leave the base if stationed in the South and to never, ever respond to insults and provocations.

    •  I Remember a TV Show About Him Way Back in the (3+ / 0-)
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      60's.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 01:03:31 PM PDT

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    •  If you haven't already .... (3+ / 0-)
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      give a listen to Bob Dylan's 'Ballad of Ira Hayes'  ....

    •  Actually, Native American religion was illegal (1+ / 0-)
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      until 1978.  I would not consider that Indians were equal citizens until then perhaps.

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