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The Smithsonian Redistributes Honor By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, September 28, 2004

It’s official: the new National Museum of the American Indian declares all brown-skinned people of the Western hemisphere are now “American Indian.” All “indigenous” people of North, Central, and South America, and even Pacific Islanders, are aggrandized in the $219 million dollar showcase of brown pride. The NMAI is shrine for native resentment – a cultural center for anti-white, anti-European sentiments.

What globalist, racist visionaries are behind this protest of Western civilization? They’re a little secretive about their identity. According to Douglass Cardinal, original architect, Rockefeller is a key player. The museum is part of the Smithsonian, but they’re saying more than half the funding ($100 million) for this new NMAI came from “private” donations. (That’s a clue to look for leftist donors, like maybe the people who partied at the opening ceremonies, like maybe Robert Redford and Teresa Heinz-Kerry?)


The National Indian Gaming Association president, Ernest L. Stevens said the NIGA gave a third of the private donations. Now we’re all reassured of the benefits of Indian casinos. Never mind Indian healthcare, housing, and education for Indians living today. The ancestors are enshrined. That’s what’s important. (The Chicago Tribune puts the NIGA amount at $30 million, apparently including only the contributions made by the Oneida Nation, Mohegan, and Mashantucket-Pequot casinos – at $10 million each.) 


One thing for certain, whatever the status associated with the historical name “American Indian,” it is now owned by all indigenous peoples of the Western hemisphere. The museum donors bought the name for everyone. Whatever the historical significance of the name “American Indian,” whatever the price paid by the few and the brave – the real American Indians within the borders of the United States of America – the value is now “redistributed.” It was taken from the rich, and given to the poor. The blood of the warriors is now diluted to water, aspersed upon all.


It’s only a matter of time, and the word “indigenous” will include the Negro slaves of the Americas. They’ve lived here for several centuries. They’re not white, nor European. Why shouldn’t they get their “affirmative” share of non-white glory?  


I knew something was wrong back in August, 2003, when Stacy Stahl, a 16-year-old adopted Inca Indian girl wanted to be the American Indian mascot for the Anderson Redskins, a suburban highs school outside Cincinnati. She felt she had a perfect right to the name. She was from the “Americas.” She was Inca “Indian.” Why wasn’t she “American Indian?”


Through the new NMAI, the name “American Indian” is usurped. It now means something else. Its new association with all indigenous people of the western hemisphere demeans the blood of the Sioux, the Comanche, the Iroquois, or any other Indian tribe that shed blood against the United States of America.


These other peoples have no such historical place as the true American Indian. These others were relatively massive in numbers, greatly civilized in some areas, but none fought so long, with such deadly force as the few and the brave among the true American Indians. Some did not fight at all.


I am outraged that these other people should carry our noble name. This just another leftist word-robbery intended to confuse language, and to fuel anti-white racism. It is an attempt to win psychological territory not with fighting, but with funding. It is a façade of political correctness, and never so egregiously incorrect.


Can we expect now to see all “indigenous” peoples in “brown shirts?” Can we expect to hear more talk about Latin American ownership of the United States? Will true American Indians feel more comfortable giving our lands to those we never fought?


We plains Indians should be the first to protest such a presumptive, Communist redistribution of our honor.


Can we expect now to see Kofi Annan become the new Chief of the American Indian?  Will the United Nations make room for a representative from every indigenous nation in the historical Americas, for an international BIA?


Will American Indian lands be then freely used by the United Nations? Bill Clinton made American national parks available to the UN in 1997. Will we see foreign troops in training on Indian reservations?  


No, I’m not a hemispheric “Indian.” I’m an American Indian. I’m not an indigenous globalist. The United States is the only power I’ll honor here. Hating whitey doesn’t turn me on, nor am I dependent on his attention. And I’ll not be swindled out of my identity by anti-American leftist globalism that gives the warrior’s glory to the weak and cowardly.

Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at badeagle2000@yahoo.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.

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