Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Navajo Nation's Own 'Trail of Tears'

Heard this amazing story on National Public Radio the other day. It was such a powerful account of the Navaho Nation's own "Trail of Tears." It provides fresh meaning to the concept of sacred ground and the sacrifice of ancestors. What's particularly poignant, if not chilling, is an interrupted speech by Senator Domenici as a tribal member begins to wail during a commemoration event. William Faulkner's words come to mind: “The past is not dead. It is not even past.” Indeed, this program illustrates how the past is an open wound, about which for many, healing has only just begun. -Angela

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