Friday, January 6, 2012

Ten "Indian" Commandments?

When I see videos or articles attempting to demonstrate the "superior" moral character of Native Americans I go back to the history of the Five Slave Holding Tribes and their attempts to paint themselves as nations that live up to these ideals. It is difficult to square this circle once you know of their history of enslaving people of "African" descent.

It is extremely difficult to view the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Indians as a nation of people who hold to these values when they continually deny the inclusion of those who were dragged along the same so called "Trail of Tears" as slaves.

There is no evidence the Five Slave Holding Tribes adhere to the commandments articulated in this video. It would be a nice start if the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole nations began acknowledging their history and lack of moral character when it comes to the enslavement of people of African descent.

If the views presented in this video has any basis for the beliefs of those in the "Native American" community they would look at the history of the Five Slave Holding Tribes and begin with commandment number ten;

"take full responsibility for your actions."

Following that commandment numbers six and nine would then be appropriate;

"do what you know to be right." 

"be truthful and honest at all times."

For citizens of the Five Slave Holding Tribes today they have to look at their history to understand the actions by leaders today.
Unfortunately their actions continue to be rooted in the sordid and shameful history of black chattel slavery.

"show great respect for your fellow beings."

One can only conclude the commandments mentioned in this video are ideals that "Indians" hope to live up to and that's a good thing. However, based on the history of the Five Slave Holding Tribes, this is an ideal that does not appear to be embraced by the majority of their citizens and that is a scar that has yet to be healed.


  1. Well said. I agree wholeheartedly.

  2. As long as racist practices of the past continue to be accepted and taught (try reading about Freedmen on a Tribal website) we won't be able to wipe labels such as these from the history of the Five Civilized Tribes. It's bewildering to see Tribes work hard to overcome racism towards Native Americans in the State of Oklahoma and in the United States and still deny Citizenship to those with ancestral, cultural and close family ties to their respective Tribes. It is Jim Crow, over, and over and over again. Until that is accomplished the stain of that sin cannot be wiped away.