Neil Alasdair McEwan wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Jun 1998, Clan Buchanan wrote:
> > Again, isn't the issue about broken promises and legally binding agreements?
> > I do believe lands were promised, even signed over, and then taken away at
> > the whim of the government on more than one occasion. I am not saying all
> > white people are thieves and I am not guilt ridden over this, but it would
> > seem to me that if the government entered into signed agreements with any
> > group it should honor such agreements. Indeed I think it would be interesting
> > if someone had the time to research what land was bestowed and then withdrawn
> > illegally how the map would look today.
> I agree but I wouldn't expect the government to act outside the bounds
> of reason, morally or legally; I mean for instance that I wouldn't
> support the modern dispossession of vast numbers of people to settle the
> land claims. If government-owned land could be used to settle the
> claims then so much the better; the government made the agreements so let
> the government fulfil them using its own resources.
That has been my point all along. I don't recall myself or anyone suggesting that
we as individuals should take it upon ourselves to make reparations out of our
savings accounts. What we can do is support the political position of the American
Indians, and apply pressure to our reps in the legislatures to make ammends, both
monetarily and politically through acknowledging the underhanded tactics of Uncle
Sam. You took such a defensive posture on this subject right off the bat, it
seems you were reading the texts but missing the point. I thought you were being
deliberately obtuse in order to avoid certain elements of Max's (and other's)
eloquent posts.....but now I wonder. Maybe you are that out of touch.