Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Mt. Rushmore Site Should Be Returned To Indigenous Native American Tribes.

Posted by on May. 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM
  • 192 Replies
1 mom liked this


Mt Rushmore Un

South Dakota's Black Hills, home to the granite faces carved into Mt. Rushmore, should be restored as Native American tribal lands, a United Nations official recently said.

James Anaya, a U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, completed a fact-finding mission on Friday that included meetings with a number of Native American tribal leaders as well as White House officials. His investigation led him to suggest that the United States take additional steps to repair the nation's legacy of oppression against Native Americans. He'll officially propose the plan in an upcoming report. From the Associated Press:

Anaya said land restoration would help bring about reconciliation. He named the Black Hills as an example. He said restoring to indigenous people what they have a legitimate claim to can be done in a way that is not divisive "so that the Black Hills, for example, isn't just a reminder of the subordination and domination of indigenous peoples in that country."

The Black Hills, home to Mount Rushmore, are public land but are considered sacred by the Sioux tribes. The Sioux have refused to accept money awarded in a 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision and have sought return of the land. The Black Hills and other lands were set aside for the Sioux in an 1868 treaty. But Congress passed a law in 1877 taking the land.


According to Anaya, handing over these lands would be a key step toward repairing relations with the indigenous people who once controlled them. It would also further the nation's compliance with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a measure that President Barack Obama endorsed in 2010, reversing a previous vote.

"I have heard stories that make evident the profound hurt that indigenous peoples continue to feel because of the history of oppression they have faced," Anaya said Friday in a statement issued by the U.N. human rights office in Geneva. "Securing the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands is of central importance to indigenous peoples' socioeconomic development, self-determination, and cultural integrity. ... Continued efforts to resolve, clarify, and strengthen the protection of indigenous lands, resources, and sacred sites should be made."

Anaya will outline a full set of recommendations regarding Native American relations in a report set to be released later this year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/mt-rushmore-un-report-james-anaya_n_1496120.html

by on May. 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-10):
_Kissy_
by on May. 7, 2012 at 11:02 PM
4 moms liked this

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2012 at 11:30 PM
3 moms liked this

 No.

This land is your land, this land is my land. 

We are ONE nation. 

Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM
8 moms liked this


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 No.

This land is your land, this land is my land. 

We are ONE nation. 

The land is sacred to their people, it was stolen from them, why shouldn't it be returned to them? We may be "One Nation" but that doesn't mean that groups or even individuals don't own their own properties. 

I'm of the mind that sacred sites should be returned to the people they were stolen from in the US.

Arroree
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2012 at 11:42 PM
1 mom liked this


Quoting _Kissy_:


muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on May. 7, 2012 at 11:55 PM
3 moms liked this


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 No.

This land is your land, this land is my land

We are ONE nation. 

I dont believe it was the Native Americans who penned that little ditty. lol


Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on May. 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM
2 moms liked this

agreed.

It's kind of bad that they can't visit a sacred site (religious wise) because the government decided that they wanted to carve some faces into a rock

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:41 AM

 

Quoting muslimahpj:


Quoting toomanypoodles:

 No.

This land is your land, this land is my land

We are ONE nation. 

I dont believe it was the Native Americans who penned that little ditty. lol


 lol, probably not...but what happened, happened.  We must all be at peace now and not separated. 

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:45 AM

 Yeah, that's not going to happen. 

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:49 AM
3 moms liked this

 The land was stolen from their ancestors.   Not the people there are today.  If we were to go by this logic then anybody who has ever conquored a country should leave it.  That's not going to happen.  The strong dominate the weak.  It is survival of the fittest and the most basic laws of the world.  That isn't ever going to change.  We are one of the few that recognize the natives' soverignty.  They're lucky they've gotten to keep their culture.  Most countries who have taken over another expect the previous inhabitants to live under the new law, and be assimilated into the new culture.  The government was pretty generous in not expecting these things of the indigenous tribe.

Quoting Arroree:

 

Quoting toomanypoodles:

 No.

This land is your land, this land is my land. 

We are ONE nation. 

The land is sacred to their people, it was stolen from them, why shouldn't it be returned to them? We may be "One Nation" but that doesn't mean that groups or even individuals don't own their own properties. 

I'm of the mind that sacred sites should be returned to the people they were stolen from in the US.

 

babiesbabybaby development

bozobean
by Bronze Member on May. 8, 2012 at 2:59 AM
1 mom liked this
I'm all for that as well. I think we should return the Native American's sacred sites back to them.

Quoting Arroree:



Quoting toomanypoodles:

 No.


This land is your land, this land is my land. 


We are ONE nation. 

The land is sacred to their people, it was stolen from them, why shouldn't it be returned to them? We may be "One Nation" but that doesn't mean that groups or even individuals don't own their own properties. 

I'm of the mind that sacred sites should be returned to the people they were stolen from in the US.

Posted on CafeMom Mobile
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)



Featured