A Conversation With Native Americans on Race | Op-Docs


I’m Apache, but really
that’s the government’s name, because they can’t say “Dził Łigai N’dee.” They will tell me
how awesome they think it is that I’ve decided
to be a part of my culture. And it’s funny to me. It hits me really weird,
and I don’t like it. And I didn’t know why
at first, but it’s because I haven’t decided
to be a part of my culture. I live it every day. I’m more comfortable with
the term “native,” divorced from “Native American.” I know there are people
who use “indigenous.” If there is one term I
do not like to be called, it is “American Indian.” And for me, to be
indigenous is to have an intimate and interconnected
relationship to a homeland. And so that’s really important,
because land is, you know, tied to every aspect
of who we are. Being native in a city is
almost a daily reminder of your people’s
erasure. Of the fact that people don’t even
remember that you’re here and that you exist. But what I did encounter was
just this preconceived notion that all Native
Americans are dead. I’ve had older white
men come up to me and say, “Oh, man, if
this was 40 years ago, I could just do whatever
I wanted to you.” You know, the
cattle outside doing the work and the dog inside
the house, those are property. Those are the black
folks in America. They are property to white men. Then the exotic antelope
on the wall or the exotic — that’s how natives are
perceived in America. We’re treated like animals. They monitor our blood quantum. I mean, besides
dogs and horses, I don’t know of any other animal that they monitor
the blood quantum. The way I explain
it to people is, imagine a pizza with
different slices, and let’s say 32 slices. Of the 32 slices, I’m 28 Apache. That’s my particular
blood quantum. And Native Americans in the
U.S. are the only minority group who have to prove their
nativeness on an Indian card. It’s used to divide native
people against each other, because it can be
used as a way to say, I am more native than you. And I was a part of that, too. I used my 4 fourths to kind of
make myself feel better against other people. The one drop rule, meaning
that one drop of black blood makes you black, that was to
keep as many people oppressed or legitimize their
oppression as possible. But on the other side,
one drop of anything else completely dilutes you
as a native person. So if you’re a
native person, you have the one drop
of something else, then suddenly
you’re less native. So it’s the opposite. Traditionally, within the Apache
society, you go by the mother. And if the mother is recognized
as Apache, she has her clan, the children are
unquestionably Apache. Not in the American
context, not when patriarchy trumps matriarchy. So what does that mean? My sisters are short
1/16 of a degree. What does that mean? Does it mean their
pinkies aren’t Apache? What does that mean? You know, being a
mixed race person is a whole other side
of it, but that’s a very common
experience in our tribe. So it’s not as if we’re
unusual in that way. What is unusual is the
admixture of black. My grandfather actually
doesn’t want people — if he hears that somebody
from the tribe is coming over, he won’t come out of his room. Because he doesn’t want them to
know that he’s that complexion, that he doesn’t — I guess he doesn’t want me
to be affiliated with having African-American blood. But I mean, I say it. It’s not going to
change anything. If it were up to the
American government, natives wouldn’t be around. Because after a certain
time, that blood will dilute. It will go out. And so if there’s no native
peoples to provide benefits, then we’re not obligated to
meet these treaty rights. And if we’re not obligated to
meet these treaty contracts, then the land is available,
the resources are available. And I think that
that essential point about our claim to
sovereignty, our claim to land, our claim to a culture,
our claim to resources is one that gets lost if we
don’t insist upon the fact that we are nations. And we have taken huge
steps to decolonizing, and that proof comes
from people being able to have the opportunities
to speak their language, to be on their ancestral land. But the thing with
decolonization is that it’s an ongoing process,
just like grieving, just like any loss. As much as possible now,
I try to tell people that I have a Native
American name, and maybe it doesn’t
mean anything to you, but it means everything to me. My name, maybe, doesn’t have a
romanticized, Hollywood Indian name, but my name has
more meaning than that. My name means that
my family survived. My family survived disease. My family survived Catholicism. My family survived settler
colonialism, and my family, they survived. I survived. My existence is resistance. Me saying my name
is Skiumtalx, that is resistance in and of itself.




Comments
  1. They been trying to make us history in the middle east too by dividing us but its not working with them. We oppose accupations, we fight for our land, we disagree with their policies, we stand for our people and history and resources. Now guess what they call us?

    Answer: Terrorist
    (and im proud)

  2. So my Great Great Grandmother from Germany married a Cherokee man in the US, then my Great Grandmother married a Cherokee/French mixed, then My Grandmother married an Englishman, then my Mother married a Scottish man…so where does that leave me with these high cheekbones??? Do I have ANY percentage in me???

  3. This is so sad Caucasian male have destroyed every other race in this world. Why Why Why what is the real motive.

  4. The original inhabitants of this land was not their complexion. Notice the "darker" women had a more detail of the "native" experience. And for the "black" woman saying its abnormal to have a mixture of black blood clearly shows her ignorance because the ORIGINAL natives were dark. It's a reason you hardly see the Choctaw and others who are and were dark people in documentaries.

  5. My mom is cree and black we have gotton crap about wanting to be something else. I had to stop her from saying good hair and bad hair. Her dad got native benefits but she didn't yet alone us. Its sad what I heard in this video

  6. it's very sad that once the natives prospered in America and now are reduced to nothing many being alcoholics, meth addicts and unemployed.

  7. i call total bs on the woman in blue at 1.25 min…………..i could just as easily say i had a old indian woman come up 2 me n say "gimme wampum or i scalp u"…….

  8. I’m happy that Naive Americans are finally getting the positive attention they deserve. To congratulate and celebrate those who cane before EVERYONE else’ is and should be a given

  9. Who's on our $20 bill? Andrew Jackson. The man that forced these people out of their homes and onto reservations. A racist, bigot is on our $20 bill, one which is most commonly used. Disgusting.

  10. I have Lakota blood coursing through my body and spirit, my great grandmother was full blooded Lakota, I never got the chance to meet her, sadly, and I've no Idea what percentage I have, and I've always felt so worthless because of the fact that I know so very little about what I consider to be THE MOST IMPORTANT CULTURE(S?) I HAVE EVER KNOWN, ever felt deep down in my heart and soul, I'm mostly white, and I'M ASHAMED of the entire white race, for what they do, not who they are, and other natives are right when they say that LABELS divide us all, I mean, when did we get to the point where we suddenly needed to be something more than just PEOPLE? If any native individuals could maybe reach out to me, I want, I need to learn about what it means to be a Native person, I'm just a blank slate, really-WAKAN TANKA NICI UN, I am sorry if I offend anyone, my email is [email protected], my general name is Mark, we need to respect the earth, our mother, and we need to also respect each other, or we really will be lost

  11. who made dislikes and why ? i love native americans whites belong to europe…. i love you guys i am from overseas ( kuwait)

  12. Vae victis. Conquered peoples are at the mercy of the conquerers. It is a tragedy of what colonialism has done to native peoples.

  13. Don't matter what, whites, the ones with more power on my continent, always gonna call us Indians, savages, poor, prieto, and in México more, and with Trump, things r worst about native features, when i hear about the colonial age of my continent and the life of my people on this days i die literally, we need to decolonize, we r here and no ome cares

  14. white folks messed up the world with categorization and classifications.here in Africa, they left a lot of division with tribalism and ethnicity, divided people everywhere e.g, prior to the Belgium arrival, Tutsi tribe and Hutus in Rwanda used to coexist peacefully.once the whites came,they started diving them on physical features like skin tone and facial features and preferred Tutsi since they were lighter and narrow nosed.this grew lots of resentment and hate towards Tutsi from the Hutus. and guess what when Belgium left, a bloody genocide.this is the scar of what whites created around the world,the obsession of looks,color,tribe,races..it is pure nonsense,we are all humans,we are all born and die,we all feel pain,hunger, joy and bleed.what is the all the obsession about categorization of people,it only breeds hate towards each other.

  15. If you have white skin no skin colour your not full blooded you have european in you. If your hair is straight you got white European in you. Most of the brown skinned are mullato mestizo mestizaje mixed natives. The full blooded natives had skin color so how can you look white and be full blooded. I'm glad I am a rebel non federally recognized becuase I dont want to assimilate its a reminder we are not Americans we are the original people. I would never accept being an american a slave of England and East India Company. Apache originally was in Louisiana then migrated weat to gwt away from the white man. Being Black native used to be the norm.

  16. YOU NATIVES ARE PEOPLE FROM THE ASIAN BLOOD LINES! YOU ARE NOT INDIGENOUS TO THE AMERICAS THE ABORIGINAL/ AFRICAN TRIBES WERE IN THE AMERICAS THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE NATIVES CAME INTO THESE LANDS! OUR AFRICAN DNA AND BONES PREDATE YOU IN THESE LANDS IT HAS BEEN PROVEN! THE AMERICAS BELONGED TO THE DARK TRIBES BEFORE YOU MONGOLOIDS CAME AND STARTED KILLING THEM OFF AND TAKING THEIR LANDS! COLUMBUS NEVER DESCRIBED YOU NATIVES AS THE INDIANS THAT HE FOUND ALL OVER THE AMERICAS,HE DESCRIBED DARK ,NEGROID ,COPPER COLORED TRIBES! THESE ARE THE EARLIEST IMAGES OF THE INDIANS FOUND IN EUROPEAN AND SPANISH DOCUMENTS OF THE VOYAGE OF COLUMBUS TO THE AMERICAS AND THE DESCRIPTION OF THE PEOPLE HE SAW WERE CALLED COPPER COLORED PEOPLE,AMERICANS, INDIANS, SLAVES,NEGROES, BLACKS, AFRICAN AMERICAN! ALL OF THESE NAMES WERE GIVEN TO THE DARK TRIBES OF TURTLE ISLAND!

  17. Native Americans are Asian immigrants who came across the bearing strait. They proceeded to engage in murder, slash/burn agriculture and slavery. I have no respect for them or the opinions of some drunken trash from the res.

  18. Greetings to the native americans❤ from a native north african (berber) .
    Keep your language and culture from extinction, We in North Africa are fighting for our language and culture

  19. you are the only people in the world that, after conquering, lost the complete identity an dignity. SHAME

  20. Seeing what they did to your people and the Africans not to mention everybody else makes me not trust the American government.

  21. One drop of another race should not make less cause a lot of countries are mixed and nobody says nothing so why only native american people should be less native

  22. My thing is why are they called "NATIVE" American? If you're a native of a America aren't you just AMERICAN?

  23. gods may bless u and all natives human beeings on our single earth same like they may bless all of us dumb white ashholes who r destroying everything on it

  24. Been while seeing this . Asking why New York Times .
    Doing Blood . Bring
    out land issue.
    Or More on a people
    with no rights.
    Would be wrong to say just white christian thing to do.

  25. Well They got to be the stupidest half breeds of ever seen in my life you’re not native Americans are straight up half breeds

  26. These are got to be the stupidest half breeds white people black woman over cinema life making a big deal about nothing needing someone to pity them OK we all pity you let’s MoveOn Well stupidest people I’ve ever seen

  27. A BUNCH OF $5.00 INDIANS, WHERE ARE THE TRUE NATIVE AMERICANS?  THAT'S RIGHT, THE $5.00 INDIANS ANCESTORS WHIPED THEM OUT.

  28. You cannot own the mind of some people. The goverment wants people of a free mind gone . You aren't alone but you must be seen as a real threat or your heritage would not be at risk.

  29. True indigenous people look like todays black Americans, the Europeans called them copper colored when they made first contact, these are Asiatic and white mixed people on this video

  30. its time to come together my ppl..my first nation brothers and sisters. we are one ppl.rather than occupy our minds with what the government sees us as.native Americans.

  31. The principles of having a homeland and preserving your people and their customs and their race is morally right. No one would disagree with that… Except of course when whites want to do it! Wake up white people, before its too late. Europe is ours and we must fight to preserve it or else it will be lost. We too have a right to our native homeland.

  32. There is no such thing as black American we're mixed were Hebrew native mixed. Think how I feel I'm Hebrew Cherokee native Blackfoot native in English

  33. Very smart group of young Americans fighting to preserve who they are as members of a nation within a nation. Keep fighting for your rights and always be proud of your heritage, never give up who you are!!!

  34. I wouldnt know from anyone else unless you told me.I didnt know the Sioux was white man hater.I didnt know he was an Indian.

  35. I feel for these people and they deserve everything great this country has to offer. We, us, you, owe them! <3

  36. Excuse me…..The Cherokee had slaves….around 4 thousand…..some white people are stupid…and so are so tribal people…..

  37. New York Times is disrespectful.. they’re TELLING you they don’t want to be called Native AMERICAN.. yet the title says “conversation with native Americans about racism” and no one has caught that low key disrespect?

  38. Is this fraud? Only first lady and one guy looks like native americans, and they are still mixed. 2 of them look more white, then my hometown scandinavian residents.

  39. I cringe every time I here white people use the word "Indian". I'm of indigenous decent, and i'm a male. I get so many uncomfortable statements/questions based on my looks. "You're so good looking…I love your high cheekbones"…."What are you"? "you look exotic". It's disgusting and dehumanizing to hear these remarks, and it makes me feel as if i'm some animal you want to put in a trophy case.

  40. Minute 1:46 when she refers to the dogs, cattle and the "black folks" as property… Make clear that this is mearely Zionist propaganda. May all of you experience hardship and suffering beyond belief for your participation in this false and misleading discussion on Race and indigenous Americans.

  41. When I think of America these are the true people that come to mind. Not Italians, Germans, Spanish or any other imported population.

  42. This is something MOST KNOW but do not UNDERSTAND the NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS CONTRIBUTED MORE then others And same TIME LOST MIRE then others too. If not for them them there would know JAMESTOWN SETTLEMENT , if not for HER HELP there would no LOUISIANA PURCHASE SURVEY of it , in WORLD WAR 2 in the PACIFIC if not them there no CODE SENDERS . There are a GREAT MANY others CONTRIBUTION made so of NOTE , so NEVER even MENTION in this NATION and SOCIETY HISTORY. . The way they were PROTRAYED in though threw PRINT MEDIA , FILM and HISTORICAL DISTORTION it TOOK YEAR'S for the TRUTH about this NOBLE PEOPLE and there HERITAGE come out .EVEN to this DAY there are those WHOM CONTINUE to TELL The LIES and DISTORT the TRUTH at TIMES for it's a TRUTH that SERVES there PURPOSE and NEED . The SAD thing about LIKE ALL LIES told to things the WAY INDIVIDUALS want them to be , this WHOM not SIT AROUND then and LISTEN and LAUGH when they TELL them KNOWING they are LIES it's something WRONG with them for not doing it . Unfortunately THAT WORLD some want and NEED for them to LIVE in it.

  43. Man this is harsh. I never heard of "blood quantum" before. Just reading the comments and them talk about blood purity and the like, it sounds so cruel.

  44. I have this fantasy. Techno-man eventually destroys everything, dies out and only the indigenous peoples have the wherewithal to survive and live on in a green America.

  45. I think we're all mongrels of one ilk or another. Am I pure blood Irish? Don't think so. The native Irish were banished to the west of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell, then millions perished in the famine in the 19thC. Ironically, it may be the case that the indigenous tribes of America are purer in that sense since they were quarantined by the Europeans. Man's inhumanity to man. Will it never end?

  46. I can understand why a genetic test would be essential. When you have black ancestry, it's pretty obvious, whereas a native american, especially a diluted one, could pass as an Indian, arab, south American or Asian.

  47. Can somebody tell me how all the paintings are darkskin people with long or dreaded hair representing the natives.and now all them look mexican still claiming there natives.like whos who?.guess blacls and Chinese were here first and mixed and created these guys

  48. Hey idiots theres only one native race on the planet and thats the african.all other races are a genetic mutations like white people or they are a mixture of africans and mongoloid or african and carcazoid.

  49. Latino is a culture not a race.theres only three races on the planet folks.afrozoid carcazoid and mongazoid.all others are mix breeds

  50. I’m black and Native American it’s quite frustrating especially with the one drop rule I look native or “indigenous”

  51. "BREED THE OUT!"

    Funny how Natives are 1 drop ruled OUT of being Native, and black people are one drop ruled in (EXCEPT) when you start talking about reparations. Then… they want to highlight how "well this black person is light skin so clearly they have white blood in them and won't be entitled to reparations!"

  52. I have an idea: Comes the 12 of October, we all shall look up to the sky above,call on our fallen brothers ,and then look down to the ground and all shall spit coursing the name of the criminal known as Columbus .
    It can happen.

  53. Germany has the same problem now. Some other people claimed the land in 1945 for good. Its about Heritage.
    Thats why the Germans are so Pro-Indian.

  54. Shes right they would get rid of natives all together I am sorry to say I am white and I am ashamed of the way whites treat any people of any colour. And yes Indians live in India, and all because the first white people couldn't or wouldn't use the correct name for the natives of the American land. Who says they wanted it to be called America?

  55. What is bugging me is the way these people are speaking about how they are attacked even subtly and seeing how it damages their identities.

  56. The oldest state to obtain STATEHOOD…..DELAWARE, NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA -1786

    THE TRIBAL INDIANS WERE THERE CENTURIES EARLIER THAN THE COLONIZERS AND UNINVITED MIGRANTS

    Fifty States in North America possesses names that defines the identity, culture and religion of its migrants settlers. Sure the tribal Indians must have a well deleniated territorial domain inside these States. The State of GEORGIA has the Georgians from GEORGIA, a former union of the old USSR. INDIANA has the INDIANS, BANGLADESHIS and INDONESIANS its legitimate migrants while the MEXICANS has NEW MEXICO as their future ressetlement. All other States has the Tribal Indians, the authority to decode and decipher the secret meaning of its Titles and to whom, occupation of these domain can be granted.

  57. My mother told me i have apache,cherokee and yukiah… I'm really proud of the apache blood though.i feel very special and elegant.

  58. My grandma dad was a true blood native then her blood passed down to me from him does that make me part native??

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