Reading The Last of the Great Indian Wars rekindled my own fire in the belly that motivated me as a young Indian woman to enter the field of journalism.
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Trahant reminds us that we can, indeed, change the world. I was especially inspired by the description of a cartoon penned by Charles Trimble of the Oglala Lakota tribe, one of the founders of the American Indian Press Association and former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. It only flies away. Only the land and mountains are forever. Initially, Jackson was a staunch supporter of Termination polices and deeply involved with their creation.
Remarkably, Jackson completely reversed his stand in , becoming an equally staunch supporter for Indian self -determination.
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Many dismiss this change of heart as simple political exigency. Jackson was making a bid for the presidency and aides suggested that it might be a good time to refurbish his record on Indian issues. Trahant suggests, however, that Jackson had a genuine come to Jesus moment inspiring him to change his stance.
Termination heard its death song signaling the beginning of landmark legislative changes affecting Indian peoples.
The man, of course, was Forrest Gerard who became an important mentor for the young journalist. I predict his life may one day inspire a book from the next generation of American Indian journalists. More STEM degrees for rural women and minorities.
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