23 Sep '12, 9pm

Bittersweet October: Fighting American Indian Stereotypes

Bittersweet October: Fighting American Indian Stereotypes

NOTE: This is a guest post from Mike Roberts, President of the First Nations Development Institute. As October arrives, I tend to think of two quotes in particular, the first from Thomas Merton: “October is a fine and dangerous time in America.” The second one, and perhaps more appropriate, is from Carol Bishop Hipps: “Bittersweet October.” October, for me, is the very definition of bittersweet – pleasant, but tinged with sadness. You see, growing up in Alaska, the cool air that fall and October bring are a welcome relief to the hotness of summer, not to mention that football season is in full swing. But October also brings us Columbus Day and leads right into November, which brings us American Indian Heritage Month and Thanksgiving. As an Alaska Native (Tlingit) and the head of an American Indian nonprofit organization, each October and November I find myself knocking on ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/bittersweet-october-fighting-...

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