featherproof_booksAnd why not? What more appropriate emblem of the history of operations from which this country derives? It could be seen as ironic. But it is bitterly appropriate. Article 2 of the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide establishes a clear and detailed definition of genocide: the committal of any number of acts with the intention of destroying a particular group. Among such acts: "deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction, in whole or in part." Are we to be so perfectly reminded of the ineffable tension between the ideological declarations this country makes or agrees to and what it enacts? The survival of Native American culture, the survival of any Native Americans at all has been entirely the result of resistance to those powers which have attempted their destruction. The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday published a list of 15 "fun facts" about our new national mammal. A space is cleared of its inhabitants to make way for a memorial park or monument commemorating the absence of those now former inhabitants, dreams undreamt. The clearing is thought of as settling. The memorializing is thought of as humanity, perhaps, and nature as elsewhere.
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