Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation. It was birthed as its original sin; the sin of greed and superiority that led to the genocide of our indigenous relatives. It is grounded in the arrival of the first explorers who set foot on our shores and quickly embarked upon a centuries long campaign. A campaign to oppress others to achieve gain for themselves. A campaign to secure the rights and privileges of those it believed to be more deserving than others, despite the principles reflected within its Constitution. A campaign that has yet to end. This campaign started with Indigenous peoples, and was followed by many other unconscionable, deplorable, and despicable acts for which this nation has yet to hold itself accountable. The impacts and consequences of this original sin continue to be at the root of our challenges to this day, not only within Indian Country, but also as a nation. The opportunity is now for us all to commit ourselves to be agents of healing and change to ensure that the path we choose at this fork in the road will lead us to greatness, which fundamentally includes true unity and justice for all. We must all take a firmer stand on the ground of righteousness, reverence, respect, and regard for all of humanity.
Below are statements and message from USET SPF and our member Tribal Nations
- USET/USET SPF response regarding Rick Santorum’s YAF Comments
Rick Santorum’s YAF comments are rooted in ignorance and an intentional whitewashing of the truthful history of this country. His views further exemplify a concerted effort to avoid truth and accountability at all costs in order to support the idea of American exceptionalism. The irony, if understood properly, is that the greatest degree of American exceptionalism will only occur when we are honest as a country with all of our historical and current actions that fall short of this ideal. It is long past due for this honesty and accountability to occur, including ownership and accountability of the genocide perpetrated against indigenous people right here in the United States.
- An Open Letter to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. – Healing America and Restoration of its Soul November 13, 2020
- USET SPF Statement on Unrest in America June 2, 2020
- A Message from the Mohegan Tribal Council June 9, 2020
- Maine Tribal Nations (Passamaquoddy Tribe – Indian Township, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe – Pleasant Point, Penobscot Indian Nation) Statement June 5, 2020
- We Must Denounce Racism: A Message from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell June 1, 2020
- Dear America – A letter from Kitcki A. Carroll January 21, 2019
- America’s First Moral Violation: A Native American Perspective in Response To Today’s American Division January 2018