Last weekend, Dr Desert Flower and I went to the Heard Museum here in downtown Phoenix. It was a great museum show casing Arizona's indigenous tribes, their histories, their art, their cultures, their way of life's destruction by the white settlers and by federal US troops as well as by Mormon settlers from the north, and it detailed their mis-management and deliberate cultural realignment by the Federal bureau of Indian Affairs in the last century. It was also Admission Free on the 2nd Sunday of the month, which was an unexpected bonus (they take donations at the door on the 2nd Sunday for those who can give).
One theme I kept noticing at Heard, as well as in Washington DC at the "National Museum of the American Indian" about 4 years ago fro my friend Rick R's wedding, is that the indigenous peoples DO NOT call themselves "Native Americans" or "Original Americans" or "Indigenous Tribes" or other PC names. Nope. They refer to themselves as "Indians". Therefore, going forward, I will refer to them as "Indians" as well. It's not derogatory, or demeaning. It's what Indians in America call themselves, in Arizona and in DC (at least). I have no need for contrived labels that white people come up with to try and make themselves feel better. Many other Indians agree with me here, here, here, and here. So many worried non-Indians seem to get that wrong - heck I did for 40 years, before I realized "Native American" is seen as demeaning.
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