A while back, I was surfing the net and came across a petition. The title caught my eye: National Holiday for Native Americans. My first thought was “why not?” after all they were here long before anyone else and have endured a great deal of adversity since the arrival of the first Europeans. A look back into history demonstrates the hardships they endured at the hands of a corrupt government with eradication, or, at the very least, assimilation, its main agenda. Most of us have heard about Sand Creek, Wounded Knee, the Trail of Tears, and so on. In spite of those dark times, the Native American people have prevailed and are still with us today. They are an excellent example of what it means to persevere.
On a more positive note, Native Americans have contributed much to our society. Their colorful celebrations, music, dancing, devotion to family, value of life and respect for the source of that life are all things that add harmony and goodness to an often dark and chaotic world.
As a Christian, I admire the qualities they possess and have passed down from generation to generation. They are an example of what it means to be a good steward of what God has given by taking only what they need of the earth’s resources and not promoting waste. They have values we can all emulate and are clearly verified by the way they revere their elderly and treasure their children.
I thought about all these things as I signed the petition. What also crossed my mind is the fact that our country has set aside days to honor individuals who are far less deserving. In fact, the website mentions that 17 U.S. states do not recognize Columbus Day and suggests that the government reevaluate this particular day. A poll conducted by the sponsors of this petition concludes that most Americans would rather see Columbus Day changed to Native American Day. It makes sense to me!
If you would like to sign this petition, here is the link to the website: http://www.petition.com/indian/petition.html