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Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Politics | 3 comments

Ohio’s Congressmen Need A Whaaambulance

Whaaambulance

Native Alaskans are getting back that which was taken from them, and Ohio’s congressmen are howling about it.

The citizens of Alaska in general and the natives of Alaska in particular have finally received the justice long denied them. President Barack Obama is undoing the ethnic insult that took place when Alaska’s Mount Denali had its Athabaskan name taken away and replaced with the name of a white man who never set foot in Alaska.

Back during the Nineteenth Century, D.C. politicians, in general, didn’t care if Native Americans were insulted by efforts to deprive them of their rights and heritage. Alaska’s Athabaskans certainly didn’t have any D.C. politician looking out for them. So, they were helpless to prevent a bunch of far-away white men from giving the former’s Mount Denali the official white name of Mount McKinley.

That insulting name change didn’t stop white Alaskans and Native Alaskans from calling Mount Denali by its correct Athabaskan name. One white Alaskan writes, “Well this big hype on Denali’s name being changed is so funny to us Alaskans. Guess what, Lower 48ers? We never called it McKinley. Sorry, doesn’t happen. Want to show you are new to Alaska? Call Denali McKinley.”

The restoration of the mountain’s Athabaskan name has pleased Alaska’s congressmen. On her Twitter page, in response to President Obama restoring the mountain’s real name, Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski posted the following YouTube video:

In contrast, Ohio’s congressmen are howling about President Obama’s action. From TheHill.com:

On his Twitter page, Ohio Representative Bob Gibbs writes, “This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans.”

Here is how some Ohio residents responded to Rep. Gibbs:




Speaking on behalf of Alaska, one person suggests a simple solution to the fuss.

There are plenty of reasons to complain about President Obama, but this act by him isn’t one of them.

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  • archangel

    it’s far more than a name appropriation. When POTUS returns the entire mountain and land masses illegally taken by the USA, back to the Native people, that will be justice. True Justice. Till then, this is good, but barely a scratch in ‘justice.’

    And — it was not an ‘insult’ to appropriate lands and name it after a whomever who never set foot in the northlands… it was a fraudulent larcency of land theft, along with some name plastered on the ancient land. The operative words are ‘theft of enormous land masses, rivers, access, hunting and fishing grounds.’ The mc kinley name was a pimple on the backs of abject predators who came in waves from many other nations, who could not be satisfied to visit or coexist, but instead, stole, abused, corraled, killed to get others’ land. Wrong on every count. Still wrong after all these years.

    • back to the Native people

      Which ones? As I said in another thread a few days ago, it’s likely that groups of humans have been coming over the Bering land bridge for the last 60,000 years as it appeared and disappeared under the ebb and flow of glaciers and ocean. Some of those groups, maybe most of them, probably died out entirely, with no modern descendants. Of those whose DNA survived, how do we pick out the natives?

      Strictly speaking, no genetic grouping is native to Alaska, or indeed to anywhere on Earth except for the ill-defined part of East Africa where we evolved into humans.

      An argument can be made that we, the United States of America, should give back land that we clearly stole from distinct groups of people. I have some sympathy with that; my native Black Hills were not only inhabited by the Lakota but were of religious significance to them, and we violated our own laws in taking them over. (Note, however, that the Sioux came west in the 1700s and drove several other tribes out of the Hills.) I’m afraid I don’t know enough Alaska history to know how similar logic would apply there; after all, we bought Alaska from Russia.

      Just as the sins of the fathers should not be visited on the children, perhaps the property ownership cannot be either, especially when there’s many more than one generation between them.

  • Rcoutme

    I like the last tweet (the one from AK). It basically says it all.

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