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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Standing Their Ground

Hundreds of Native Americans and non-Native supporters have been camped out near Mato Paha (Bear Butte) in South Dakota since July 4 to protest plans to open a bar (featuring wet t-shirt contests and live music) near this sacred site.
In his famous work God Is Red, Vine Deloria, Jr. describes how Christian American culture has become unhinged due to its greed and its (in my view heretical) belief that Christians are completely divorced from the natural world. The fight at Mato Paha (highlighting the inability of many whites to understand Native American's spiritual attachment to the land), sadly, is a perfect example of this critique.


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