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Trump Gives National American Indian Heritage Month an All Lives Matter Makeover That Nobody Is Here For

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On Aug. 3, 1990, former president George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month for the purpose of paying tribute to the rich heritage and traditions of indigenous people. Now, nearly 30 years later, our alleged President Donald Trump has sparked outrage after seemingly rebranding November as something else entirely: National American History and Founders Month.

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The Washington Post reports that this edict came last week with the intent to celebrate our country’s “dedication to promoting liberty and justice.” Slight problem: There’s no mention whatsoever of indigenous people. And with the erasure of their accomplishments, identity and traditions—which area very real thing in this country—many have taken to Twitter to air out their concerns.

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So is this grand unveiling of All Lives Matter Month a deliberate slight or an unintentional gaffe?

It turns out that Native American Heritage Month wasn’t actually replaced. In fact, the White House issued a proclamation on Halloween that makes note of the “long-standing Native history remembrance.” It just doesn’t appear on their website for some inexplicable reason.

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Which begs the question: if Native American Heritage Month is already in place for November, why not schedule National American History and Founders Month some other time? Like March. I mean, do we really need St. Patrick’s Day?

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But to that end, this continued erasure is what Simon Moya-Smith, a writer and member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, takes issue with.

“It subverts and insults the purpose of this month,” he told the Washington Post, “by saying, ‘We’re also going to celebrate the white people that hated the Indians.’ Even if he does make the proclamation, people can see that in and of itself is lip service.”

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He added, “The proclamation is a clear rejection of what Native American Heritage Month stands for: that we, as indigenous people, survived these so-called Founding Fathers who weren’t founders at all. They were invaders. They massacred, they murdered, they demonized.”

Where’s the lie?

Let’s also not forget that just last month, He Who Shall Never Be Barack Obama insisted that the October holiday we’ve come to recognize as Indigenous Peoples’ Day “will always be Columbus Day.

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So while Trump will never not be a serial bigot, hopefully, the White House takes steps to rectify this matter and give indigenous people and their ancestors the respect and reverence they deserve.

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.

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This motherfucker is out of control. I’m done fussing about him, he ain’t changing who the hell he is now. Enough is enough! I’m looking at everybody in Washington up on the Hill, all of them, and nothing short of full outrage and raising hell will be accepted and expected.

The cable news shows uses all those damn boxes and fill them up with talking heads, fill them up with Congresspeople, instead.

And the Pre-Fuck Yous are already sent out to you dastardly assholes who insist on justifying why this can’t be done. I’m sick of y’all fence riding/being nice asses, too.