It’s always seemed odd to me that Native Americans would need to be granted citizenship in the country settlers took from them. What is amazing is that it took until June 2, 1924 for Congress to act and grant it to all Native Americans. It was called the Indian Citizenship Act. In it magnanimous way (sarcasm noted), Congress had already given citizenship to Native Americans who had less than one half Indian blood.
Native American Women had led the way in an odd sort of way. By 1888, most Native American women who were married to U.S. citizens were offered citizenship. Of course the privileges of citizenship, were largely governed by state law, and the right to vote was often denied to Native Americans. Oh what a tangled web we weave as a nation. We have much to confess to our creator.
But our failures of the past do not have to limit our future – either nationally of individually. Think about this. You have a whole assortment of failures that you can develop a knowledge base upon. Use them to construct a new kind of life and a new way of living in community. As a Spanish philosopher once said. “Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.” Let’s learn people.
“Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them…” Psalm 106:4
Vol 4 #51