The Myth of Native American Extinction Harms Everyone

By Mali Obomsawin

Cluelessness about Native people is rampant in New England, which romanticizes its Colonial heritage.

In college, I attended a rally my friend organized to discuss the constitutionality of flag burning. Predictably, his newspaper op-ed provoked a group of militantly patriotic New Hampshire locals to attend, in defense of the American flag. During the tense gathering, I began chatting with one of the flag defenders, pointing out that the flag doesn’t represent all Americans or make everyone — for example, Native Americans — feel safe.

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Title: The myth of Native American extinction harms everyone
Author: Mali Obomsawin
Publisher: Boston Globe
Date: September 15,2020