Posted by Janis on January 25, 1999 at 20:33:54:
Russel Means sounds like an educated, thoughtful person. Very aggressive, insightful, and opinionated. I found the interview entertaining, but why oh why do so many American Indians insist that no violence was ever perpetrated until the "white man" arrived?? No history of Indians torturing anyone? He's kidding, right?
In Lake George, not far from the reconstructed Fort William Henry, There is a statue of Father Isaac Jogues, a Catholic missionary who, along with converts, was tortured as a guest of the Mohawks (including having his fingers bitten off, and YES, parts of his body burned!). He was decapitated some years later. To celebrate the full scope of Indians as fellow humans, Mr. Means has to admit that they love, hate, and kill, just like everybody else.
You guys did a good job staying focused.
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