We have heard very little about Palin’s relationship with the substantial Native minority in her state. This is due to the fact that the vast majority of Americans forget that Native people still, you know, exist. I’ll go ahead and say it: its part of dominant group privilege to paint the millions of people that came before Europeans as marginal props in the great American expansion and when they are recognized, to speak as if their defeat was inevitable. The poverty and continued discrimination against native people matters. This is a pretty good primer on the issues and injustices facing Native Alaskans and where Palin fits in. Her abysmal record on Native rights should be an issue of paramount importance–We should be talking about how completely absurd it is that she opposed Native substance hunting and fishing. Yes, the woman who shoots wolves from planes thinks hunting to strengthen tribal bonds with marginal environmental impact is wrong. She opposes tribal sovereignty, is totally disrespectful of native languages and has encouraged detrimental anti-choice polices that have been devastating to native women. But really, what do you expect from a running mate when the candidate himself has a record like this?
John McCain should be made to answer for his pivotal role in Black Mesa–an incident that the UN found in violation of Article 10 of The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I know damn well the reason this is not part of his media narrative and it sickens me. Whatever ideological dislike I had of the man before has turned into deep, visceral loathing over this.