This 1984 article of mine appeared in New Perspectives (Helsinki) -- issued by the World Peace Council in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
It was subsequently widely reprinted in various journals in many parts of the world.
The uranium and nuclear tragedies, very much a part of this piece, are certainly highlighted. However, my article deals with a wide range of critical Native American challenges, concerns , and priorities.
The situation now, as we take the first steps into the New Century, has, sadly, not changed much for the better.
A newer dimension has been the casino gambling situation. Most of us certainly feel that the tribes should be able to operate casino businesses as they see fit -- tribes are sovereign nations -- and we don't like the 1988 Indian Gaming Act. This, among other things, forces tribes to reach an agreement with the states--thus circumventing the key 1832 Cherokee Nation U.S. Supreme Court decision, Worcester v. Georgia, which excludes state jurisdiction. The 1996 Seminole decision by the Court indicates that states don't have to reach a gaming agreement with the tribes -- thus threatening the right of tribes to develop and maintain gaming enterprises and certainly confusing an already confused situation. Again, the tribes -- sovereign nations -- ought to be able to do their own thing in their own way.
What is called for on all Native American fronts -- in the United States, Canada, and the entire Western Hemisphere? First and always: tough, militant, and hard-hitting multi-faceted Native activism. And then, solid and egalitarian coalitioning with active and potential allies : direct action, political action, litigation -- and more, and always more, Native activism.
Hunter Gray [formerly John R. Salter, Jr]
Note: January 2002: Two brand new, substantial articles of mine on Native Americans are scheduled to appear very shortly in Left publications. One deals -- from a socialist perspective -- with the contemporary Native situation as we enter the New Century. The other focuses on the still 'way too distant, but slowly bridging relationship, between Native Americans and non-Indian Left radicals -- and makes certain specific recommndations. At this point, I'm posting them right here, right now on our Hunterbear site http://www.hunterbear.org/nativeamericans.htm
-- Hunter Gray
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