Newcomb: An uncomfortable truth Indian Country Today Opinion
My friend posted this article from Indian COuntry Today he is native and an attorney. He is not practicing NON-native law he works in taxation at a casino in Oklahoma.
Hi Bear! This is so interesting. I am surprised though about this part "The uncomfortable truth is that the vast majority of federal Indian law attorneys are either uninformed about this history, or else disinclined to bring up the religiously racist foundation of federal anti-Indian law and policy." Seriously as if Dartmouth avoided the subject...?
"The answer is this: Indigenous spiritual and ceremonial knowledge and practice in relation to a specific sacred place is negated by the fact that the Christian mission of subdue and dominion has been interwoven into U.S. law and policy and used against the earth-centered spiritual traditions of indigenous nations and peoples. On the covert basis of the doctrine of terra nullus promulgated by the Catholic Church, thousands of years of spiritual and ceremonial evolution are being rendered null and void by the courts of the United States, such as in the case of San Francisco Peaks.In this case, the term nullus refers to “heathens, pagans, infidels, or unbaptized people.” When a land (terra) is inhabited by non-Christians (those who have never been baptized – and who are therefore not subject to the jurisdiction of the pope and of the Roman Church – the entire way of life and, indeed, the people themselves are conceptualized as being null and void, and incapable of standing against the Christian monarch’s presumed authority.The uncomfortable truth is that the vast majority of federal Indian law attorneys are either uninformed about this history, or else disinclined to bring up the religiously racist foundation of federal anti-Indian law and policy."