Read This: The Great Failure of the Indians Mascot Debate
In which a present-day foreground - namely an under-represented protest about land, water, and rights, an ongoing "debate" about a certain racist World Series-bound mascot, and, secondarily, the acquittal of an armed, occupying, white militia - only comes into focus with the aid of a historical background.
"American Indians are not minorities in any traditional sense. We are the descendants of the original majority, citizens of over 500 distinct tribes, and holders of special legal and political status resulting from the treaties we signed with the U.S. government, the same government that broke every one of those agreements..."
Read the rest of Sterling HolyWhiteMountain's essay over at ESPN.