To the editor:
Wow! Another great Fourth of July! Music! Fireworks! Remembering that we are the land of the free! But I also remember that this wonderful country was stolen from Native Americans who we call "Indians," because Columbus thought he had landed in India. Researchers tell us there were more than 100 different tribes in this country when our forefathers came here.
Because people in the Middle East had papyrus to write on, Europeans had written language that Native Americans did not. Because we learned from the past, we could make big sailboats, guns, cannons and things to kill and defeat the Native Americans.
If they had a common written language, and had been able to gather together as a single armed group, we probably would not be here today. Now the Council of Indian Nations tells us their unemployment is at 35 percent, and poverty is widespread.
I would strongly suggest that if you read this, you will write to our legislators in Washington and tell them to do something to alleviate this terrible problem.
Ken E. Van Horn