An Indigenous Washingtonian Welcomes the 1978 Longest Walk
by the Powhatan Museum of Washington, DC, the first and only site dedicated to
the city's oririginal inhabitants and their descendants. -powhatanmuseum.com
In 1978, the "'LongestWalk' (below) drew attention to American Indian concerns. Several hundred
American Indian activists and supporters marched for five months from
Figure 2: The
Longest Walk which ended here on DC’s Mall as the largest gathering of
Native American tribal members in the city. If you were not in
So, what has changed in the Nation’s Capital since then? With the Republican Senators blocking Representative Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) from becoming the Secretary of the Interior and its first Native American Cabinet member? Not much. Anti-Indian senators doing the bidding of the crude oil industry and other backers are questioning this indigenous woman of color’s “qualifications.” Not many disparaging genocidal views on Indigenous people have changed today.
Figure 3: Representative Deb Haaland, Esq who at this
writing is being rejected by immigrant descended anti-Native racists for a no-brainer
post as steward of the land which is her people’s Indigenous tradition. Her
New Mexican lineage goes back to over 40 generations, and thousands of years of
Amerindian presence in
The irony is that Republicans on the Hill have a chance to redress the wrongs which were protested forty-three years ago by honoring a Native American (a woman of color) and begin to correct the continued atrocities against them and their sacred sites. But, they go in the opposite direction. Regardless of the historical acts of violence on Native Americans the issue continues to be that only money talks.
Native Americans have long since buried the
tomahawk in spite of broken one-sided treaties; given
True to the traditions of the dominant society's European origins,
In spite of our president's efforts, the fight continues for equal rights and representation to higher offices by people of color.
Confirm a Native American for the selected Cabinet post.