rowcount: 0 Welcome to THE COMMONS -- News and Views for Windham County, Vermont
Not-for-Profit, Award-Winning Community News and Views for Windham County, Vermont • Since 2006
Voices / Letters from readers

The U.S. has never been an honest broker with Native Americans

RE: “” [, Nov. 30]:

If this viewpoint existed in a vacuum, it could make sense.

Unfortunately, as shown in the excellent infographic published on the opposite page, the U.S. government has never been an honest broker with the Standing Rock Sioux, or with any other indigenous peoples in North America.

When an entity and its members has shown themselves for well over a century to be dishonest, to be unable to keep their promises, to be dismissive, racist, and violent in their actions, then it is little wonder that the tribes have decided to use other means to get their message and needs expressed.

This confrontation at Standing Rock is not about Indians trespassing on private property, it’s about no longer allowing an unjust system to continue to abuse those not holding the reins of power.

Dan DeWalt

Like what we do? Help us keep doing it!

We rely on the donations and financial support of our readers to help make The Commons available to all. Please join us today.

What do you think? Leave us a comment

Editor’s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readers’ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldn’t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.


We are currently reconfiguring our comments software. Please check back if you’d like to read or leave comments on this story. —The editors

Originally published in The Commons issue #386 (Wednesday, December 7, 2016).

Share this story


Related stories

More by Dan DeWalt