DNA Tests Make Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land | The Nation

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This is what Australian Conservatives have been arguing all along in their denial of recognition and treaties. (ODT)

If Native Americans are reduced to little more than another genetic variation, there is no need for laws that acknowledge their land rights, treaty rights, and sovereignty. Nor must any thought be given to how to compensate for past harms, not to speak of the present ones that still structure their realities. A genetic understanding of race distorts such policies into unfair “privileges” offered to a racially defined group and so “discrimination” against non-Natives.

What they share is a single conceptual framework: the idea that the long history that has shaped US-Native American relations has no relevance to today’s realities.

via DNA Tests Make Native Americans Strangers in Their Own Land | The Nation

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