Decolonizing

Decolonizing does not mean we have to go back to living in the woods. But it does mean reviving our ceremonies. It does mean restoring our cultural values. It does mean emphasizing group welfare—the welfare of people in our tribe—and giving up the focus on individual welfare.

Decolonizing does not mean that we reject everything that the US stands for. But is certainly means adopting traditional value systems like the integrity of our ancestors and rejecting the materialistic, capitalistic and self-centered attitudes we have internalized from our colonizers. It does mean educating the US government about how to respect people elsewhere and how to value human life and dignity in different parts of the world.

– From Decolonizing means starting to think like an Indian by Amy Moore & Mike Taylor.

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