Reflections on Reconciliation
Program Roots in San Miguel County by former Program Director, Art Goodtimes
Native-American legal scholar Walter Echo-Hawk has called out five parts to reconciliation — the incident, an apology, the acceptance of an apology, reparations or restitution of some kind, and finally a state of reconciliation. Many people are afraid of the reparations/restitution component. Like getting Jewish property back to rightful descendants after the European Holocaust. Or making reparations to the descendants of African-American slaves. Restitution for the original theft of the indigenous homelands we Euro–Americans now live on and own is what scares politicians and some church leaders from calling for reconciliation.
In 1998, San Miguel County stopped calling October 10th Columbus Day, and changed the name of the holiday it offered to its employees to Indigenous Peoples Day, at the request of San Miguel County’s Green Party Commissioner Art Goodtimes of Wrights Mesa.
In 2000, the Town of Ophir’s Mayor David Glynn got his community to pass a resolution calling for the U.S. Government to apologize for its past injustices to native peoples, to honor its treaties, and to respect tribes as sovereign nations. (Read more by clicking the link below.)