BadEagle.com offers profound thanksgiving for American Indians today. We are eternally grateful that this race of people, these many nations, have chosen to honor their own identity above all other concerns. Indians have chosen to preserve ourselves, at unspeakable sacrifice, rather than melt, blend, compromise or carelessly efface our God-given ethnicity. We have chosen to be, rather than not to be. We have chosen to remain, rather than disappear.
BadEagle.com is grateful for the nature and character of the American Indian. We honor the wondrous hospitality, generosity, and compassion the Indians showed the poor, wretched white fugitives who washed ashore some 390 years ago. We are thankful that such a people as the Indians provided for the infant white people, nurtured them, and allowed them to develop into the greatest nation on earth. We praise the American Indian for such nobility and innocence of soul.
BadEagle.com honors the Indian nations for their steadfast resistance of the tempation to be weak, to surrender, and to evolve. American Indians remain the most noble example of nationhood, and what it means to love it, honor it, and preserve it. Indians have paid a terrible price for the freedom to be Indian. We generate the highest rates of social ills in any studied group. We have the highest rates of alcoholism, drug abuse, diabetes, suicide, violence, domestic abuse, and poverty in America. But we’re still Indian. We may be psychologically dysfunctional, perpetually alien to American white culture, and abjectly crippled in social skills in the white world, but, we’re still Indian. Being Indian is all the matters. Social advancement, fame, fortune, even job skills, are not primary in the Indian mind. The Indian is a kind of pre-Christian Christian, living with an almost incomprehensible innocence and non-competative spirit. That is the core of being Indian. Yes, unexpected encounters with aggressive, creative people–who threaten this idyllic state, brings out a seeminly unprecedented savagery of self-defense. This should be considered natural and right, however. (Indians need to do some memory tapping ourselves.)
BadEagle.com recognizes Indians for our unchanging values. Perhaps the prices we have paid were unnecessary, ill-advised, and more often the result of our own resentments. Perhaps our present sufferings are magnified by our own stubbornness. We are but human beings. The very highest human qualities are often ensconced in irony. When one’s natural preference for his own kind is consciously and dramatically challenged, nobility and strength often appear as irascibility and rebellion. When one actually fights, and sheds blood, to defend what it his, he often appears low and vile in the estimation of the attacker and victor. That’s one of the prices of steadfast self-preservation in the face of annihilation, culturally or physically.
BadEagle.com sees Indians as a glorious example in the world today of what it means to love ones own people. Only Serbia and Israel can be compared to the American Indian nations. The elements of nationhood–race, religion, language, borders, and culture, all are completely natural, and divinely ordained. Yes, it appears nations evolve, and sometimes disappear. But the fact is, some people hold on more tightly than others. Some people consider nationhood a sacred thing, after the divine order. Never mind their own articulations of their political or philosophical positions. Their actions speak most loudly.
BadEagle.com thanks all American Indians for their faithfulness, for their strength, and for their patriotism. We are exceedingly proud of the fact that Indians are exemplary in America, and humbly happy that American Indians set this example before the greatest nation on earth. We are still here. Our presence reminds America of what it means to be a nation, to love a nation, and to preserve a nation–precisely what America needs to know now. America’s Stygian state, its mindless drift on the river of Lethe, and its apparent fascination with deception and corruption, all spell disaster soon-coming. BadEagle.com is profoundly thankful to American Indians for providing a ready lesson in the costs of nationhood. We pray that America minds these lessons. The word is in their ears. The word is before their eyes. American Indian history is American history. The wrong understanding of this, or the complete absense of it, only indicates the kind of peril in which the American Nation stands.
BadEagle.com gratefully recommends that America reconsider American Indian history. In this history, America can recover its own identity as a nation. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “In Wildness is the preservation of the world.” (Walden, 1853.) We invite America to search again for the pristine ethos of its social sentiment. In its history with the American Indian alone can America find itself. In the Indian is the preservation of America.
Bad Eagle has spoken.