more on ted kennedy

somehow this particular perspective hasn’t been much mentioned in the MSM’s constant coverage of kennedy’s death and legacy. quelle surprise.

from ryan wilson (lakota) at native american times, via kumeyaay.com:

His special relationship with Indian country and longevity of service to Indian country makes him one of our own icons. Forty years ago he completed the work of his slain brother Bobby by chairing the Special Senate Sub Committee on Indian Education, and delivering the famous Kennedy Report to Congress: “Indian Education a National Tragedy, a National Challenge.” This report launched the National Indian Education Association and the modern movement for Tribal control of Indian education.

Tens of thousands of Indian children including my own daughters are showing off their new clothes, their new shoes, and backpacks. They will sharpen pencils, and organize their school supplies; they will decorate their lockers and reunite their circles of friendship. Some will walk through doors of new or renovated schools; get to these schools in new buses, on newly paved roads. All of these hard fought victories were advanced by the Lion of the Senate, from the Indian Education Act to the Tribal College Act, and most recently the reauthorization of Head Start.

His steady hand of leadership watched over Indian education and guided us from the wilderness of disenfranchisement, and being powerless to a position of strength in advocating our needs. … Regardless of who controls Congress or the White House we in Indian country are standing on an isolated island that is a little lonelier now, one less friend, one less champion in a place where we had few.

Let us use his words to give us strength “The work goes on, the work endures, the dream shall never die.” 

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