Considering an organization like American for Indian Opportunity, founded by Democrat LaDonna Harris, one might conclude that American Indians are globalist liberals. There is a definite trend among some Indian “leaders” to seek recognition in the United Nations. These aren’t generally tribal leaders, actually, but NGO groups created by non-Indians for Indians–with specifically liberal agendas.
But there is another aspect to this image, which isn’t really liberal in the political, professional sense. Indians are often quite curious about the world. There is a genuine curiosity, even fascination, with foreigners. (A costly habit, considering our history!) Indians often fought with one another, mostly over honor and justice issues, but sometimes just for the glory of fighting–and the bounties obtainable thereby. Yet we must acknowledge the fact that, when foreigners–non-Indians–showed up, most Indian tribes met them with a macho generosity and human kindness. Indeed, the only tribes who immediately resisted foreigners were those who had heard of the treachery and cruelty of those foreigners from others tribes who had suffered.
Navajo artist, Chester Kahn (72),
member of the Baha’i faith.
Consider the elder Navajo artist, Chester Kahn (72). He is a long time member of the Baha’i faith. He’s into the global religion image, and the concept that Indian faith belongs in the world circle. The Navajo religion and the Sioux religion are perhaps the two most complex religious systems among American Indians, and such systems are easily associated with the globalist, universalist religions out in the world market. Why not make associations? In the anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-American world, Indian religion finds a wondrous acceptance, praise, and honor. Indeed, the historical record of American government measures to annihilate all Indian culture and religion serves as a perfect motivation for Indians to seek association with non-Biblical traditions and non-American cultures.
But I think this is weakness.
Association with others, for any reason, is not how Indians became Indians, nor it is how we shall remain Indians. As dramatically demonstrated by the Comanches of the old days, greatness is not achieved by leagues, associations, or alliances. Comanches became “lords of the southern plains” not by uniting with others, but by the opposite–by disdain for all other people! Independence is the word. Comanche groups were even independent from each other. Strength, natural grandeur, and power, all evolve from a spirit of absolute independence and self-reliance. Comanches became great through a sociological solipsism. There was no acknowledgement of or value in any other people. Comanches knew only themselves. Comanches valued only themselves and their freedom.
But this precious spirit is virtually lost today. Indians anxiously attempt to associate with other races, religions, and governments of the world. This is a kind of protest to American history, and it is probably a natural evolution. I say it is a weak one, and a wrong one, but I know it is a deep running one. Indians take a kind of naive, innocent approach, and are easy victims of liberal politics. Indians seem naturally inclined to validate everything on the liberal agenda.
My great-great grandfather,
Bad Eagle (Comanche), 1839-1909
BadEagle.com, of course, was raised up to counter this weakness. Independence and self-reliance are the political themes promoted here, and these principles are mirrored in the United States Constitution. American Indian life and values are reflected in the very foundations of the American society. Indian principles are at the foundation of the American government.
Those Indians who seek unity with the world have lost their warrior spirit. Those who seek hippie-styled peace and love are playing right into the hands of the world dictators. Peace is never established by unity, but only by freedom. Freedom comes only from independence. Independence costs a revolution.
I feel that real Indian values are radically conservative. Yet, even today’s Republican Party is far from conservative. BadEagle.com has sought association with the Republican Party, indeed. I myself am on the speakers list of Young America’s Foundation, the sponsor of College Republican student clubs across the nation. I am also on the John Birch Society speakers list.
However, I am still seeking to translate real Indian values into modern political language. I still hope that Indians may find a conservative political influence in America today. The liberal image of Indians is a superficial one, an ineffective one, and one I believe brings great confusion and false values into Indian country. If Indians have a natural resentment of America, it is due to a mistaken understanding of America, and a foolish recourse to the deceptive liberalism of the globalists–which is tyranny in the end.
David A. Yeagley, founder of BadEagle.com
and the Bad Eagle Foundation.
America belongs to Indians. It is our country. Its very government, in fundamental principles, reflects our early influence on the founders. I say America is our step son. We raised him, by default if nothing else. Every stage of his developement was nurtured by his terrific encounters with the fathers of the land–American Indians. Indians should be proud of this, and not run to the world for its faint praise and paltry compensations. This is shameful, and very un-proud.
I’m a proud Indian. I’ll take what’s mine. I take America!