Re: Well...

Date: 2014-09-28 07:00 am (UTC)
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>> Wow -where are you? I assumed you were State-side, making it at least 2:30am your time <<

I am, central Illinois. Clock here says 1:50 AM. I work roughly a second-shift schedule as a wordsmith, so I get up late and stay up late. You'll almost never see me online before noon, but often in the wee hours of my morning, thus early to mid morning for you. Which is cool, I have fans all over the globe. Just keep in mind that time difference if you're trying to catch my live events: my poetry fishbowls typically run from noon or 1 PM until some time after midnight here.

>> (I live in Britanny, as my spouse yells every time someone says France: Bretons are almost as separatist as Catalans and Scots :-) ...) it is 8:34am here (Brest time, same as Paris, I think)? <<

How exciting! I've got one setting that touches on Brittany just a bit, though there's more in my notes that I haven't written yet. The big series is The Steamsmith, and the small one is The Arc of Joan, both listed via my Serial Poetry page.

>>"cut their black members off the roles" -ah, the CNO. The Dawes roll, earlier than the Baker list (I think?) used by the Eastern Band. <<

It varies, how membership is counted, from one tribe to another. I must've heard half a dozen or more tribes cutting their rolls in the last couple years.

If it were up to me I'd look at a combination of genetics, locale, and cultural things like language, crafts, dancing, religion, etc. Far's I'm concerned, if you're living the life, you're Indian enough.

>> Many colored families, as it turns out, had mineral resource rights that went to others when they were run out of OK towns. <<

Yes, that's disturbing.

>> Yes, I feel very conflicted arguing for the Devil here, but they are not completely wrong, technically speaking. <<

The clever thing about institutionalized racism with regard to Native Americans is that it rewards people for buying into it. After they were stripped of resources, penned in, and brutalized into exhaustion then the government held out these promises of almost enough money or goods to survive on. If you've got nothing, that is extremely tempting and it can make people viciously protective of that pittance. They learn to divide themselves instead of unite -- and then the fight is just about over.

>> People deprived of opportunity can become bitter, and take it out on those even more vulnerable, like abused children often do, saddly. Not easy to overcome our own human nature. <<

So very true.
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