Reservations Today…

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(post preface: based on reading this post, please do not think that I know anything significant about Native American culture or history. I really don’t. But if what you read here intrigues you, go find more information. Most tribes have websites with historical information, etc.)

According to the Blackfeet website, there are 564 Indian tribes in the United States, only 6 of which live on their original native lands. I think original and native might be synonyms, but I’m going to leave it that way in hopes that it is more clear. (Obviously I need to work on this precision in language thing). Two of those tribes are on reservations in Montana — the Blackfeet and the Crow.

Also, the Crow’s English name (Crow) was created by confused white people who mistranslated Apsáalooke, which actually means “children of the large-beaked bird.” Can you imagine if your whole people’s name was based on the misunderstanding of people who have subjugated you for centuries? Ok, probably yes, because I bet this is not the only example. Generally the subjugating sort aren’t that interested in good translation, but still…

My point: we should all know more about these things.

In the words of Chief Plenty Coups: “Education is your greatest weapon… Study, learn, help one another always. Remember there is only poverty and misery in idleness and dreams – but in work there is self respect and independence.”

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