Friday, June 04, 2004


From Dr. David Yeagley -- of American Indian descent

I'm still an American Indian patriot. Even after watching CNN's 90 minute program featuring the May 29 dedications of the new National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., I still love this country, more than ever. No, I didn't hear one mention of the American Indian. No one acknowledged themore than 190,000 living American Indian veterans, who represent nearly one out of every ten Indians. I didn't hear any praise for the unique contribution Indians have made in all war efforts of the twentieth century.

I heard instead repeated praise of black, Hispanic, and Japanese Americans and their contributions to the war effort, and American society in general. Indeed, the featured musical moment of the program, was given to a black female, Denyse Graves, mezzo soprano opera singer. They could have chosen Barbara McAllister, a tall Cherokee mezzo, who is older but well-known in New York opera circles. Barry Black, the black chaplain of the U.S. Senate, gave the benediction. Apparently there no longer any living descendents of the "white" Sons of the Revolution who can pray; no, Black's skin gave him special authority. Barry Black didn't mention the name Jesus Christ. Would that name have blurred his image? After the program, Paula Zahn interviewed Martha S. Putney, a black female historian. Putney talked about black female contributions to the war effort. Paula apparently didn't know Indian women veterans exist.

One got the impression that blacks now constitute the core definition of what it means to be an American. Somehow, they have become the quintessential carrier of American values. The memorial service was like an ethnic pride parade in Washington, another Million Man March.

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