The exhibition, titled “A Century Ago…They Came as Sovereign Leaders,” officially opened to the public Jan. 14 and is expected to run through Feb. 17 in the institution’s Sealaska Gallery.
Geronimo, for instance, wanted 300 imprisoned Chiricahua Apaches set free, while Quanah Parker sought $500,000 that the government had promised the Comanche.
“While friendly with individual Indians,” Barreiro said in the newsletter, “President Roosevelt was adamantly against the survival of Native people as tribal entities.”
Second, Roosevelt's attitude is so typically American. In fact, it may represent the majority's opinion about Indians. We love our Indians to death as elders spouting wisdom, romance-book hunks, and sports mascots. We love them as long as they forget this nonsense about tribes and sovereignty and non-Western religions and cultures. Not to mention casinos. Then we stop loving them and starting hating them for being different from us.
For more on the subject, see "Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival."
Below: "I love Indians--as long as they act like stage props and not like real people with rights equal to ours."