Thanks for saving my service dog
A loud and sincere "thank you" to all the people (I so hope you read this paper) who helped my furry child (i.e., dog) and me at the Walmart on Catron Boulevard on Sunday, Sept. 10.
I didn't get any of their names, except the those who kindly offered their information as witnesses to the attack on my service dog. When I saw all of the people trying to pull off the two dogs assaulting my dog's head and upper torso, I was so very thankful — even though I was wailing like a banshee. I thought for sure Sugar Pop was going to be killed during the attack. Please know that I would bake cookies and give hugs to all of the rescuers for their kindness to Sugar Pop and me.
Also, dog owners, secure your dogs if you leave them in the bed of an open truck. I am praying to get over the intense anger I feel toward the irresponsible owner of those dogs.
Native Americans victims of violence
A federal prosecutor recently "decried the endless cycle of violence" on the rez, according to the Journal. Certainly, it is true that crimes must be prosecuted and criminals brought to justice. But how shall we define violence?
What about including the profound violence of the U.S. Army's and government's systematic terrorism of Native Americans? What about the violence of confining whole populations to waterless, resourceless patches of near desert? Let's also include the ongoing violence of joblessness and hopelessness. Poor people do what they have to do to survive. Yes, interpersonal violence may occur, but until we redefine violence, policies to address the country-wide situation of all disenfranchised groups will not emerge.
It seems wonderful to me that so many Native folks and groups do so much good and achieve so much, given the history imposed on them. Examples: Rapid City Community Conversations, CAIRNS, Native American Day, the Standing Rock resistance, and many more. Until we redefine violence, these examples of self-agency by Native American folks will not be recognized for the strength and resilience they exemplify and the leadership to white people that they offer.
Dreamers deserve lawmakers' support
President Trump's action on Dreamers is disgusting, and I feel morally bankrupt. These individuals are here and by no fault of their own. Most of them are assets to the USA.
But the senators and representatives who I contacted will not so far speak up for Dreamers. They need to do the right thing and co-sponsor legislation to help Dreamers.