A Grandmother’s Warpath

In an ironic twist of fortune and fate, the indigenous inhabitants of the birthplace of the American Indian Movement—San Francisco Bay—are still struggling for the federal recogniton that was arbitrarily stripped by the Bureau of Indian Affairs eighty years ago. Like the Chinook who gave succor to Lewis and Clark at Cape Disappointment, and the Mashpee Wampanoag who saved the Pilgrims from starvation at Cape Cod, the Muwekma Ohlone of the Golden Gate have seen their hopes rise and fall at the whims of Congress and a federal bureaucracy that swings between ethnic cleansing and pious posturing depending on the mood of the moment. This time, though, the pirates of paradise may have met their match—a grandmother on the warpath.

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~ by Jay Taber on March 28, 2007.

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