Re: Timbisha Native Americans

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Posted by NoKarma4U on January 29, 2003 at 15:15:39:

In Reply to: Timbisha Native Americans posted by Sahara Chaldean on January 29, 2003 at 12:53:54:

I actually sent a letter to the council of the Timbisha Shoshone a couple of years ago with questions in respect to the enactment of the Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act. I never heard back from any representative of the tribe.

As an outsider to their culture, and one who definitely feels like a visitor to their homelands (I spend at least 1/52nd of my year living right across the road from their village) I remain sensitive to the issues surrounding their rights to soverignty, culture, and their homeland. It is difficult sometimes for me as an outsider to accurately decipher the complex issues surrounding Native American land rights, and the various acts and legislative initiatives that are enacted or proposed to deal with them. For instance, what may seem on the surface as a reasonable proposal to restore homeland may in actuality also preclude these groups from seeking other monetary or non-monetary restitution from our governments to which they might otherwise be entitled. I have a sincere desire to see that what is most right is done for the Timbisha Shoshone (and other Native American tribes in similar circumstances) but such complexity makes it difficult for me to determine what legislation (if any) I should support.

The Timbisha Shoshone have a small radio station on their reservation that broadcasts at selected times on a few evenings a week. In the past I have tuned in to the station hoping to hear some commentary and/or dialog on tribal issues, but on these occasions they were only broadcasting music.

I suppose, Sahara, that if you wanted to truly know how the tribe feels about our presence in their homeland, you could walk the quarter-mile from Hwy 190 to their village and ask someone on the street. Though I have thought about doing just this in the past, I have never done so; I figure that if they hate my presence across the street, they'd hate my presence in their village even more. Several years ago (for a period of a couple of years) there was actually a vendor in the village who sold "Indian Tacos". This may have provided an opportunity for such an ad hoc dialog, but that opportunity has long since gone.

Just a few thoughts from one who has long wondered much the same thing.


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