I live in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff borders the Navajo Nation. It is surrounded by the Walapai reservation, Yavapai reservation, and many others. I work and live with members of many different Indian tribes. They have their own religions, languages and cultures, but we all share the same community. My daughter, whose father is black, is engaged to a full-blooded Walapai Indian, and yes, they refer to themselves as Indians. The politically correct term of native American doesn't matter to them. They are indigenous to this continent, but have no problem with the term Indian.
They have no animosity toward the white people in this country. The Code Talkers of World War II (Navajos) were instrumental in helping the allies defeat the Japanese and Nazis. They were proud to serve as citizens of this country. The skyscrapers in New York City are largely built by Indians who have no fear of heights and walk the I-beams a hundred stories and higher in the air.
We are a free people and choose to live and work together. We do not hide from the past. We do not ignore atrocities. We learn from them. We strive to be the best we can be. We are all human and therefore flawed, but we also encompass all the good things of being human. We seek to find the good and edifying things that any man accomplishes in life and, though presidents do some things that are bad, they also do things that are very good.We remember all of it. Guilt accomplishes nothing. It helps no one, certainly not those who suffered long ago. Humanity is always learning and moving forward. We cannot change the past. We can only hope to do better now and in the future. I hope that someday you can come and visit the Southwestern United States and see first-hand how we share our communities without any hatred. Come and enjoy our Mexican cuisine, Indian art, wide open spaces and the Grand Canyon. We never claimed to be the most perfect people on Earth, only the most free. Here you can walk into a Chinese restaurant, be waited on by a Mexican waiter, have your food cooked by an Indian and pay a British cashier. Please, come and see how we blend together and let the past remain in the past, always moving into a brighter future.