The Local Crank

Musings & Sardonic Commentary on Politics, Religion, Culture & Native American Issues. Bringing you the finest in radioactive screeds since 2002! "The Local Crank" newspaper column is distributed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

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Location: Cleburne, Texas, United States

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."

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Here Is Wisdom

"The justification for taking lands from Indian people has always been that the needs and requirements of civilized people had to come first. Settlers arriving on these shores saw a virtual paradise untouched by the works of man. They drooled at the prospect of developing the land according to their own dictates. Thus a policy of genocide was advocated that would clear the land of the original inhabitants to make way for towns, cities, farms, factories, and highways. This was progress.
"Even today Indian people hold their land at the sufferance of the non-Indian. The typical white attitude is that Indians can have land as long as whites have no use for it. When it becomes useful, then it naturally follows that the land must be taken by whites to put to a better use."

--Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux), 1970



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