American Indian Heritage Month: Reflections on Indians and the Republic

The Congress of the United States in 1990 provided American citizens with a great excuse to reflect upon the value of the American Indians in the overall development of the Republic, yet it is likely that few take the time for reflection.


SAN JOSE, November 30, 2016 – The Congress of the United States in 1990 provided American citizens with a great excuse to reflect upon the value of the American Indians in the overall development of the Republic, yet it is likely that few take the time for reflection. However, if anyone does pay attention to the genuine interactions between the federal government and the native peoples who lived in the area of North America long before the United States ever existed, they could learn much truth. And, the truth exists in history for those who seek it, or for those willing to dig for it.

For those brave enough, or willing to take the time to challenge the contemporary protective Progressive-revisionist narrative and to look clearly into America’s past, the interactions that developed between the federal government and the American Indians can help citizens to understand much about how American culture has arrived at this point in time. And although America is not a perfect place, it is an incredible place, and more representative of a genuine microcosm of the world than any other nation on the planet.

Yet, American history tells a tale of serious and sincere struggle for freedom for all those people who have come to live within the borders of the nation. For those of American Indian heritage, the tale of their struggle for freedom began after their interactions with the Europeans who came to the “New World.”

The Spanish set a terrible precedent of interacting with the indigenous peoples in the Indies and in most of the Americas. The Dutch and French all had their experiences with the Indians, and to some extent, it involved serious manipulation and enslavement of the native peoples, as well as their displacement from their ancestral lands.

But, if one looks back across the Atlantic and through the mists of time, what difference was there among the Europeans in dealing with one another that had not occurred before in European history = or for Middle Eastern, or within Asian history? What is most amazing about reflecting on this historical reality is that the revision of the narrative often ignores the history of the Native Americans throughout this hemisphere.

If one takes an honest look at human history, it becomes apparent that the struggle for freedom was a human struggle, long before the Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere. American Indians experienced their own manipulation and enslavement among their peoples, as well as their own internal struggles over displacement from ancestral lands.

Nevertheless, the efforts  at creating a Republic of freedom through the American War for Independence was supposed  to establish as a government to guarantee God-given basic rights and to guard people’s unique freedoms – for all the people, not just a minority.

The original intent of key founding fathers was to honor the Indian people’s rights to own their own lands that had been established by the time of the inception as set forth in the Northwest Ordinance under the Articles of Confederation, as well as other important legal documents,

Yet, efforts of Democrat Andrew Jackson, with his twisted tyrannical version of political reality, as well as his Democrat comrades, deviated drastically from this original plan, and set in motion a new series of precedents, which undermined honest and healthy relations between the U.S. government and the American Indians for over 70 years. The wounds are still evident.

By historical comparison, the world is reflecting on the legacy of Fidel Castro and the effects of his actions in the decades of his dominion over the people of Cuba, and the treatment of the Indians was much more horrific at the hands of the Democrats than the treatment of Castro’s people by his Communist regime.

How is it that both leader’s atrocities are diminished by the Left or those political propagandists of the “Progressives” today?

Unfortunately, the mantra or narrative of the Left or Communists has been perpetuated at the expense of human life time and time again. The common thread that ties the Democrats of Jackson and the Communists of Castro is not a divine reverence for human life, or a deep respect for liberty, or the freedom to responsibly pursue happiness; it is the pursuit of power over people with little regard for any collateral damage. This truth should no longer be camouflaged or diluted.

The Republic of the Free should prevail over all obstacles to and enemies of freedom. The intent of the founding fathers needs to be revised in this century, and their true desire reflects a much deeper desire of a Republic of virtue among honorable people. The deviations from the original blueprints should not be acceptable and should not be appreciated in this time.

As one of the most important founders expressed it:

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so; for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize.

But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.

George Washington – Farewell Address – 1796

It is time to return to the Republic of virtue the founders envisioned and fought to establish, and it is time to respect all true Americans who choose to embrace that divinely inspired vision.


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Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He currently writes a column on US history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News, as well as writing for other online publications. During the 2016 presidential primaries, he worked as the leader of a network of writers, bloggers, and editors who promoted the candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson. He founded the “We the People” Network of writers and the Citizen Sentinels Project to pro-actively promote the values and principles established at the founding of the United States, and to discover and support more morally centered citizen-candidates who sincerely seek election as public servants, not politicians.