LETTERS

I'm not saying that there is a conspiracy by our own government to usurp power. Yet what happened to "John Doe 2," who turned himself in on day two and then suddenly did not exist? Has the ATF been known to use unauthorized and lethal methods? Doesn't McVeigh somehow remind you of Oswald?

Let's not allow an emotional rush to judgment to permit our government to stampede us into the destruction of the Bill of Rights.

R. Christopher Horak
Denver

Reburn of the Native
How ironically fitting it was for Westword to run the obnoxious letter from Carroll Newberry discrediting American Indian studies and the article covering Colorado's obnoxious "patriot" militias in the same May 2 issue. Both items clearly demonstrate how paranoid ignoramuses fear the toppling of the great white male institution. I believe it's time someone tell them their fear is quite unnecessary, because no evidence of this fictitious event occurring anywhere in America exists at this particular moment.

The ignorant and intolerant nature of most white Americans constantly astounds me. Newberry, for example, twice proclaims he is "not anti-Native American," yet he fills his letter with anti-American Indian sentiments and stereotypical notions of the people he thinks he knows something about. Strange that Newberry asks the crucial question of why we need American Indian studies when the answer lies in his mirror.

The move to include multicultural studies on college campuses was initiated to provide American students with a holistic, academic knowledge of our country and to help dissuade the same ignorant views so eloquently expressed by Newberry. Does this mean we eradicate Western classics from our studies? Absolutely not. American Indian studies--as well as African-American, Asian-American and Latino/a studies--were created to complement conventional Western teachings in hopes of providing students with a better understanding of the American macrocosm.

Believe me, Newberry, American Indians have long been ready to move into the 21st century, regardless of your aged stereotypes and the institutionalized racism imbedded in the likes of the subjective Westword and Metropolitan State College of Denver. However, I am uncertain if the 21st century will bring about any new understanding given today's images of paranoia run amok and bomb-blasted children. In a way, I take back what I said earlier--maybe Newberry and the "patriots" have much to fear as long as white culture maintains its monopoly on knowledge. As for indigenous people owning and operating the country, America could learn a good lesson from South Africa.

Felix Sanchez-Edsitty (Dine)
Denver

Better to keep silent and have others think you a fool than to open your mouth and prove it. Apparently, Mr. Newberry's version of Native American history goes like this: 1. They used to be man-eating sexist savages 2. They taught Pilgrims to plant corn. 3. Now they are either drunks or drive Lexuses. Gee, Carroll, thank God you aren't racist.

I don't know how I feel about the brouhaha over Native American studies, but I do know that there's more for me to know about the past and future of this country's indigenous people than was covered in Girl Scouts. Writers like Carroll Newberry could certainly learn a thing or two.

Julie Tolleson
Broomfield

In two places in Carroll Newberry's letter, he states he is not anti-Native American but puts down Indian people as drunken, lazy bums who don't try to work but sit around playing drums. I think this person needs to be sitting in the front row in the Native American studies classroom. He needs to learn some truths about Indian people.

This self-proclaimed friend of an Indian man is so racist and stupid, I feel sorry for his family and friends. The family and friends should be ashamed of this person and should pray for this person.

Carroll Newberry says that the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls can teach all that is needed to know about Indians. I would like to know: Who is going to teach them? Almost all non-Indian people are full of misinformation that they consider the gospel truth.

Back in the 1800s, a Paiute prophet named Wovoka said the buffalo and the Indian would come back. Carroll Newberry had better wake up and smell the buffalo chips. The buffalo and we Indian people are back! Not that we went anywhere to come back from!

Sharon Braun
Aurora

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