Several years ago, I personally invited the Rev. Jesse Jackson to D-Q University. He started the second “Save the Dream March” at D-QU. It is important to add that others wanted him to march from Stockton. He decided to march from D-QU because it was the only tribal collegein California.
Today, D-QU is closed. California has the largest population of American Indians in the United States. It is extremely sad that D-QU is no longer educating students about the rich history of the many people from different nations who lived here for many years before Columbus arrived on his ship.
You need to know that the word “tribe” is racist. The original people here in what is now the USA belong to nations. The French and English are not called tribes. The Germans and Dutch are not called tribes. The people of Europe belong to nations. They have their own country, culture, history and heritage to be proud of and share with the world. The same is true for the Native Americans.
Now, the federal government wants to start a rehab treatment center on D-QU land. Wow! Why do some Native Americans need a $17 million drug treatment facility? Perhaps it is because their land, language, culture and freedom were taken from them when they were killed by the thousands and forced to move to reservations. Once their land was stolen from them, it became against the law to steal land.
The $17 million should be used to build a first-class university and cultural center that will focus on the empowerment of the real people who owned the land that is now called the USA. Once their pride is restored, the Native Americans will not need a lot of treatment for substance abuse. They will hold their heads up high and say they are proud to be the original owners of this great land where we now live.
The Rev. Timothy T. Malone