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Tom R. Kovach, Published February 28 2010

How about Native American Month?

February is Black History Month. And that’s all fine and dandy. But what about all the suffering Native Americans went through? If we have a month honoring the history of black people, why don’t we have a month honoring American Indians?

We celebrate Columbus, who “discovered” America when it was already discovered by Native Americans for thousands of years. So instead of having Columbus Day, why not Chief Joseph Day or Chief Sitting Bull Day?

Ever since Europeans landed on the shores of the Americas, it seems that Native Americans started getting the short end of everything. Not to say that African-Americans didn’t suffer. The very thought of slavery is a stigma on the whole human race. But the way Native Americans were treated, they certainly deserve their month ... or at least one day.