My friend Harlan McKosato offers some insights on the 4th of July in his article, “Fourth of July Came and Went But Did We Educate the Youth?” He writes,
I don’t think a lot of Americans, including Native Americans, even know the history of the Fourth of July. They just know they get a day off and plan a special event or a barbecue. I also believe most Americans certainly don’t know about Native peoples contributions to the history of the U.S. But there are some enlightened non-Native folks who have actually studied or at least have put in an effort to learn about the history of the country they live in. They know what went down for them to have their version of freedom.
“The experiment of the United States began in large part because the colonists observed living examples of liberty and justice in Native peoples and tribes here on Turtle Island – in total contradiction to the monarchies that prevailed in Europe at the time,” said Glenn Aparicio Parry, the author of Original Thinking: A Radical ReVisioning of Time, Humanity and Nature – which won a Nautilus Award for Science and Cosmology.