If Jesus is the Son Of God, then neither The Christ nor His Father can be pleased with what this Christian nation has done to the people we call Native Americans. Ignoring for a moment that European Christians invaded, plundered, and conquered the original "Americans" what this "Christian" nation did after the European invasion overwhelmed the Native American Population is equally as appalling. America's anti-christian behavior towards Native Americans has been nothing short of daming.
In the unfinished Oscar Speech Marlon Brando asked Shassheen Littlefeather to read at the Oscar Ceremony which he refused in protest of America's treatment of Native Americans, Marlon Brando wrote: "When they laid down their arms, we murdered them. We lied to them. We cheated them out of their lands. We starved them into signing fradulent agreements that we called treaties which we never kept. We turned them into beggars on a continent that gave life for as long as life can remember. And by any interpretation of history, however twisted, we did not do right. For them, we do not have to restore these people, we do not have to live up to some agreement, because it is given to us by virtue of our power to attack the rights of others, to take their property, to take their lives when they are trying to defend their land and liberty, and to make their virtues a crime and our own vices virtues."
40 years after that speech at the Oscar Awards Television Show was not allowed by Oscar Show Personnel who threatened to forcibly drag Ms Littlefeather off the stage if she read the two page handwritten speech, nothing much has changed. 12 years after the unread Oscar speech, on a tour through Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico I was struck by this thought: "God, they put Indians on land nobody else wanted." 14 years later on a vacation that took me through New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, I was overwhelmed by the sight of barren hostile land that was on or near "Indian Reservations: I was haunted by the thought: "God, nothing could grow out here." In 2013, after looking at photos taken by Robert Johnson at the Wind River Indian Reservation in the state of Wyoming, I was again reminded of the brutal abject desolation and pollution of the lives of men, women, children and their land.
Too many Indian Reservations are landscapes that kill dreams and breed alcoholism, poverty, and hopelessness. The existence of Profitable casinos on some Indian Reservations notwithstanding, what this Christian nation has done to Native Americans is an assault against every principle of Christianity I have ever read in the four Gospels and every other ideal about Christian love and Christian fellowship I have heard from the mouths of proclaimed Christians.
What we have done to Native Americans isn't exemplary of the soul of a Christian nation that would be pleasing to Jesus Christ. Perhaps we aren't a Christian Nation after all. Perhaps we never were. Historically, some of our most anti-christian behavior has been perpetuated by people claiming to be devout Christians--including but not limited to lynching of Black and Indian men (some at church social picnics, many on false accusations); slavery, servitude, rape, and molestation of Black and Indian women; and the rape and molestation of young children (many by christian church officials and Christian leaders). And no amount of pious outrage against that accusation can change that fact. In 2013 some Republican congressional members proudly acknowledged that they voted against the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, simply because it provided protection for Native American Women. Where was the outrage against that?
Where is the outrage against the corrupt soul of a Christian nation that often objects to Native Americans building profitiable casinos on Indian Reservations but are content with having them live on polluted and barren landscapes that kill dreams and breed alcoholism, poverty, and hopelessness?
In this season of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday and the most special celebration of Christianity, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, perhaps this is the season that this Christian nation can begin to cleanse its "Christian" soul of hate, division, and mental slavery and become more like the Jesus Christ we worship. We can begin by doing more than we have done for our Indian brothers and sisters stuck on the barren landscapes and hostile soil of Indian Reservations.
True Christianity and the lessons Jesus Christ taught his disicples require nothing less of us.