Black Hawk and his son Whirling Thunder.
Since 1990, November has been designated Native American Heritage Month. How many of you even knew that? Not entirely your fault if you didn’t, not much is ever said about Americas natural-born citizens. You know about Black History Month, we hear about it everyday during the month, and the news media shares a black history story. Not so with Native Americans.
I suppose Native Americans, if they wanted some notoriety could take some of their casino money and buy some airtime on the local stations, or maybe they no longer care what the nation knows of their history. The media could give a brief history moment each day of the month, there would certainly be enough to show. It would be educational for all of us, not just the children, to understand more of our lands original occupants.
There is much to learn and to enjoy about the history and culture of our Native Americans. It would be a shame not to take advantage of this month to become more acquainted. We should not wait too long, never is a missed opportunity. It is like having a great-grandfather when you were younger, you never spent the time to learn from. Oh, the stories they can tell. My great-grandparents were Indian. My great-grandmother’s grandmother was the daughter of Black Hawk, the great Sauk Chief. There are many generations between me and Black Hawk, but it is a heritage I am proud.