Mark Anthony Rolo
The 120th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre should serve as a reminder of the U.S. government’s brutal war on American Indians.
On the morning of Dec. 29, 1890, the U.S. 7th Calvary attacked a Lakota community camped along Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. Soldiers indiscriminately shot the Lakota, killing at least 150. Most of them were women and children. About 30 soldiers also died, some from friendly fire.
As a nation, we need to gain enough distance from our history of colonialism to move forward peacefully and treat other peoples respectfully. Our insistence on honoring Christopher Columbus with ticker tape only makes that journey longer and more difficult.
As an American Indian, I can’t think of anything more depressing than sitting around the dinner table tracing the legacy of a holiday that began with a questionable decision to save a band of starving pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.
My guest this week is Mark Anthony Rolo, a member of the Bad River Band of Ojibewe, and former head of the Native American Journalists Association. We discuss issues of race, diversity, and the media.
This interview was conducted August 4, 2006.
May 10, 2006
PLYMOUTH, Mass. - Two years after the Indians greeted the first European immigrants to this land that was new only to them, the good life may now be taking a turn for the worse as rumors spread about a proposed plan to send the English settlers back to their Old World.
October 5, 2005
There's only one reason to keep Columbus Day on the national calendar: not to continue honoring the sailor as a great explorer, but instead to remember him as a great exploiter.