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Perpetuating a Travesty

Published: February 3, 2009, Author: JayTaber

Shame on Our Country

In today’s article at Indian Country Today, Paiute historians clarify the history of Yosemite National Park–an area previously inhabited by Paiutes. In an all too familiar scenario, the National Park Service compounded earlier travesties against the Paiutes by gold-greedy settlers, by revising the history of the valley to suit US government interests. Part of that history — the co-opting of other Indians hostile to the Paiutes, in order to subdue the inhabitants of Yosemite Valley — is a shameful episode in a long string of atrocities perpetrated by government officials and vigilantes from Yosemite to the Golden Gate; the fact the Park Service is perpetuating this travesty is a shame on our country.

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