Obama’s visit to Alaska and wooing of Alaska Natives, while friendly and nice and even commendable on a personal level, is really a part of a greater trend to legitimize the US Government’s brutal occupation of North America and it’s attempted extermination of indigenous peoples. Why does the President of the US suddenly care after so many Presidents have been commended for leading military campaigns against us? Probably because there’s a general leftward trend in the legitimizing ideology of ruling class: gay rights, women’s rights, racial justice, etc. In the past Manifest Destiny legitimized the US conquering and ruling of Indian Country. Now social justice, protection of Human Rights, and making sure a Republican doesn’t end up in the White House is what is used to legitimize their rule. All of this is extremely convenient now that their control of Indian Country and North America is consolidated and absolute.
Until this leftward trend began, some of the most fiercest internal opposition to the United State’s domestic power came from revolutionary movements from minority groups, including such organizations as AIM. Now it’s “carrot and stick” approach is to reward some members of this population while unleashing it’s police state on those who won’t or can’t prove their loyalty; typically the urban poor and reservation poor. In the meantime, some of us Natives have been and will continue to be accepted into the middle class in return for our loyalty and votes.