Governor Bill Walker provides the first formal apology to Native Alaskans for their mistreatment at the hands of white people.

By |2018-10-20T13:47:05-08:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |11 Comments

If you are a white person living in Alaska this should impress you, but if you are a native Alaskan this likely evokes any number of conflicting emotions.

You have to keep in mind that the first people of Alaska were completely stripped of their heritage, of their language, of their culture by the white missionaries who came to save their savage souls. 

What’s more when they were ravaged by the diseases that the white men brought with them they were told they only succumbed due to a lack of faith in the Christian God to whom they had only recently been introduced. 

They died by the thousands believing that their culture and desire to cling to ancient traditions were responsible for killing them. 

Can you even imagine?

I wrote about this back in 2015 and even linked to an incredible resource for understanding what we did to these gentle people. 

Here is just a sample from that article: 

Several generations of Native people — many of whom are still alive today — would become targets of a tragic, frequently successful campaign of cultural elimination. Demanding that Natives abandon the cultures and languages of their grandfathers and grandmothers, Natives were given a clear message that one way of looking at the world was superior to the other. That the survivors did as they were told — abandoning their feasts and ceremonials, their dances and even their languages — is testament not to the correctness of the Western message but to the survivors’ states of mind. Having lost multitudes of spiritual and political leaders, artisans, historians, and elders, those who were left were orphans — spiritually as well as physically — destined to live in a world of emotional and material poverty.

In the schoolhouses and boarding schools, in the churches and in the orphanages, Native children would learn how to become good Christians and good Americans.

So yes, what Bill Walker just did was incredible. 

However, it was also long overdue. 

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  1. Beaglemom October 21, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I’m very glad Gov. Walker did that. It is something that needs to be done in every state of the Union. But it should not just be words. There needs to be action too – like assuring opportunities for education and jobs and the best healthcare possible the availability of reasonably-priced heat in winter months (remember in 2009 when so many of us from the Lower 48 were sending contributions to Native villages?) and protecting Native Americans’ right to vote*.

    * In North or South Dakota, wherever the Pine Ridge Reservation is located, thousands of Native Americans may not be able to vote next month because of new onerous laws requiring street addresses, not P.O. boxes or RR numbers. for voters. It was a measure taken deliberately to target the large Native American population and it is WRONG. I keep wondering what it is that makes modern Republicans hate the country they live in so much . . . .

    • Anonymous October 21, 2018 at 6:02 am

      It’s not about hate so much as it’s about power, control, and money. They’ll purge anyone who gets in their way, whether it be voting or through outright murder.

      • thanks October 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm

        And we see what happens when that backfired. Power of the people. Every single time! Wink.

  2. Anonymous October 21, 2018 at 7:24 am

    “Governor Bill Walker provides the first formal apology to Native Alaskans for their mistreatment at the hands of white people.”

    Uh, no he did not say that. Not at all. You said that.

    Why do you constantly conflate actual information with your own little lies and twists? Why don’t you be a little more honest there bub?

    • Gryphen October 21, 2018 at 7:32 am

      I’m sorry, who do you think inflicted this trauma into the lives of the Alaska natives.

      Hispanic people?

      Black people?

      Asian people?

      Read a little history why don’t you.

      • Anonymous October 21, 2018 at 9:52 am

        One of the most poignant moments I have ever witnessed in my life was watching a middle aged man tell his young daughter that she should never have to apologize for, or be made to feel guilty or shamed, for ANYTHING that she was not personally responsible for, ever. Nobody has to apologize for the actions of others.

        Oh, and he and his daughter were WHITE, oh my goodness, the shame of being born white!

        May be you should read a little history bro, not your fake history. The actual history that shows basically every civilization has had winners and losers, haves and have nots, owners and slaves…

        You do know that even Native Americans had slaves, don’t you?

        • Gryphen October 21, 2018 at 10:01 am

          Oh, well then I guess it’s alright then.

          Silly me for thinking that slavery and genocide are wrong.

      • Anonymous October 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

        Walker did not use the term white people at all, that is your fabrication. You are a fabricator of falsities.

        Sorry, but your blog has become a joke, and you are the captain of this fallacy.

      • Anonymous October 22, 2018 at 9:31 pm

        Since there was no link to any article all I read was what was posted here and I agree that there was no apology given. A description of the historical wrongs inflicted on the Alaskan Natives, yes. I ddn’t even read any acknowledgement of the current wrongs that continue to be inflicted. But in the part of the article posted I didn’t read any acknowledge of responsibilty or apology for having inflicted this abuse.

        Maybe a link to the article where these quotes came from would provide more information.

  3. Anonymous October 21, 2018 at 9:18 am

    geez. dollar short and a day late. but thanks anyway. I still have fear that if I do anything wrong there’s this giant white bearded Whiteman wagging his finger at me. can’t purge that from my mind. good indoctrination. gov walker may be sorry but there are a lot of assholes out there who think they are tops and we are bottoms. I always suspected that the Whiteman professed religion was about power. never once believed that any kind loving God would put women and minorities at the bottom of the rung. I call bullshit. as for walker he should really be apologizing for messing with that dividend. now that hurt in the here and now.

  4. Beaglemom October 21, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Why would being appreciative that the governor of a state with a large Native American population publicly acknowledge the wrongs that were done in the past and that have persisted to the present day produce such rancor. I was pleased to read Gryphen’s post on this subject.

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