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Around the Campfire: Indians in the Military

Around the Campfire: Indians in the Military

Indians have fought in every war the United States has had since the American Revolution. They have enlisted in higher numbers than the general population, and have served valiantly. But they are seldom honored for their service. The Navajo Code Talkers, for instance, were forbidden to tell people they...

Around the Campfire

Indians in politicsMy friend told me in 1983 that Indians would never do any good in politics. ''The white man's politics is not for us,'' he told me in Tulsa, Okla. ''Indians are never going to get into this game.'' We were at a regional meeting of the Democratic and...

Around the Campfire

Indians in politics My friend told me in 1983 that Indians would never do any good in politics. ;'The white man's politics is not for us,'' he told me in Tulsa, Okla. ''Indians are never going to get into this game.'' We were at a regional meeting of the Democratic and...

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Assimilation in Indian countryFrom the earliest days of U.S. colonial history, the announced goal of government, entrepreneurs and religious leaders has been the salvation of the savages. Their goal has been to ''save'' the savage Indians by making them over into white people. The colony at Jamestown was founded bring...

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The mascot issueI was so happy that day in March 1970. I had just received my letter of acceptance into the Department of Communication at Stanford. I went by the Native American studies office at Berkeley later in the afternoon to tell everyone about my good news. Russell Walden, compadre...

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The culture of Gallup Part two Last month I wrote in this column about the culture of Gallup, N.M. This reservation border town on the edge of the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Acoma reservations brings in more than $400 million a year from the reservations. The town gives back little, if to...

Around the campfire

The culture of GallupPart twoLast month I wrote in this column about the culture of Gallup, N.M. This reservation border town on the edge of the Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and Acoma reservations brings in more than $400 million a year from the reservations. The town gives back little, if to...

The culture of Gallup

Part oneGallup, N.M., the ''Indian capital of the world,'' is the leading border town in the United States. It has five reservations - Navajo, Zuni, Ramah, Hopi and Acoma - feeding into it. They bring it well over $200 million a year. The things that are applicable to Gallup pretty...