Natives in the Military?

Cross posted from AI/AN Attack the System

With politicized debate around the role of gays in the military we should reflect on what place Native Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives have in the US Government’s military.

Let us not forget that imperialism began with forts in Indian Country and the genocide of Native Americans across the North American continent. Today there are nearly 800 US military bases throughout the world responsible for the deaths of millions:

Iraq Deaths Estimator

Consequently, I propose that our warriors focus on defense of their homelands by going to their clan/tribe elders, spiritual leaders, activists and war chiefs for spiritual guidance on how they can serve their people in all facets of Native life in their own communities and NOT in the native lands of other tribal people!

When I was a teenager I participated in an annual weapons check of all able bodied men in the village by the war chief of my tribe. This was done at the beginning of the traditional war season, a time when we used to have to defend our food stores from other tribes. This is done out of traditional custom but also as a reminder: one day we will have only ourselves and each to rely on for our mutual protection. The US government won’t be around forever; we will be.


About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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