Restorative Justice For The Celtic Peoples

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Returning to the issue of righting old wrongs, what might be described as restorative justice for dispossessed cultures, Paula Young Lee makes these observations on the decision by Barack Obama to officially recognise the name of the highest peak on the North American continent, Denali:

“For decades, the Alaska Federation of Natives has been pushing to restore the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest peak on the North American continent, to its original Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali. Earlier this week, following Obama’s endorsement of the change, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that Denali would henceforth be the new, old name of this magnificent geological landmark.

Conservatives immediately protested with the usual talking points claiming abuse of presidential powers…

Earlier this year, the blog, “Athabascan Woman,” run by Angela Gonzalez, featured a round-up of Facebook comments regarding the “Denali” question. Vera Schafer affirmed: “That’s the real name. The people who…

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4 Responses to Restorative Justice For The Celtic Peoples

  1. I’m so glad you posted this in regards to “restorative justice for dispossessed cultures.” In college, we studied how the early settlers of America, would try to assimilate the Indians by giving them Anglo-American names….another way of obliterating their culture and imposing dominance over them.

    I don’t believe it’s ever too late to try to undo the wrong. May these little big steps help cultivate tolerance and respect for everyone….yeah, call me naive, but what a wonderful world it would be, huh?

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    • oglach says:

      Thanks, it was a re-blog; I wrote about it before but I used to live on the Ft. Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, where I was not only lucky enough to have a Native American room-mate, but got to meet some extraordinary older Native women from three different tribes who told me stories about how their languages had been stolen from them, and how they were trying to go about reviving them. It’s a global issue.
      Regarding your last piece, that wasn’t a false halo; it was a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Loved it. Thanks.

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