FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the first day of Joe Biden’s presidency, Native Americans had reason to celebrate. Biden halted construction of the border wall that threatened to physically separate Indigenous people living on both sides.He also revoked a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that tribes fought in court for years, and he agreed to restore the boundaries of the first national monument created specifically at the request of tribes in southern Utah. Inaugural events showcased tribes across the country in traditional regalia, dancing and in prayer.
But amid the revelry, some Native Americans saw a glitch in Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony. The only mention of Indigenous people came in the benediction delivered by the Rev. Silvester Beaman. And then there was the mishmash of songs sung by Jennifer Lopez that included lyrics from “This Land is Your Land.” The folk tune is popular around campfires and in grade schools, but it also called to mind the nation’s long history of land disputes involving tribes.
ADVERTISEMENT“Oh, I love J.Lo,” said Kristen Herring, who is Lumbee and lives in Austin, Texas. “It wasn’t super disappointing that she sang it. But I was like, ‘Oh, why did that have to be on the list of things to sing?’”Woody Guthrie, who wrote the song in the 1940s, meant it as a retort to “God Bless America” and a rebuke to monetizing land at a time of economic crisis, said Gustavus Stadler, an English professor and author of “Woodie Guthrie: An Intimate Life.” headtopics.com
Lopez put a twist on it, throwing in part of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish that translates to “justice for all.” The Guthrie song has been a symbol of equality, inclusion and unity.Lady Gaga sang a rendition of it at the Super Bowl months after Donald Trump took office. It was part of Barack Obama’s inaugural programming, with a trio of singers, including Bruce Springsteen, adding back some of the original, more controversial verses.
But arriving amid an effort by some tribes to be recognized as stewards of ancestral land, a movement known as Land Back, the lyrics hit the wrong note for some tribal members.“It’s a nice little sentiment that America is this mixing pot,” said Benny Wayne Sully, who is Sicangu Lakota and lives in Los Angeles. “But does anybody believe this land was made for you and me? Or was it made for white folks? People forget this land was made of brown people before it was colonized.”
Rep. Deb Haaland, who is from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, acknowledged that perspective in a virtual welcoming to the inaugural events over the weekend. She’s been nominated to lead the Interior Department, which oversees tribal affairs. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American in a Cabinet post.
ADVERTISEMENTThat’s one of the reasons Cherie Tebo was able to look past the song that she said was inappropriate and emphasized how little some Americans know about Indigenous people. She sees an opportunity for tribes to have a seat at the table in Biden’s administration, citing Haaland and Winnebago tribal member Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, who has been named a deputy solicitor for the Interior Department. headtopics.com
“In order to make it work, ‘this land is your land, this land is my land,’ people (need) to understand it doesn’t belong to us,” said Tebo, who also is Winnebago. “If anything, we belong to it. And when our land is sick, we are sick.”___ Read more: The Associated Press »
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It seems like a beautiful song until you realize it’s referring to stolen land and genocide of the indigenous peoples and Buffalo who were living here when white man came. Reparations are overdue. We can start by returning mineral, fishing and grazing rights. Remove the dams! Such BS. The inauguration I saw looked like a scene straight outta Hunger Games.
Can't get a break no matter which way you turn. The call was for unity to take back the country. There will always be someone who will use the past to keep from moving forward. The past is a learning tool to move forward, not a means to stop it. Remember the atrocities and talk about it, yes, but don't use them out of context.
Time to get over it, it's not like it's going to change I don't question it; Jennifer Lopez was RIGHT; parts of the Southwest America was owned by Latinos and was violently taken away from them by the White man. I just don't understand why Native Americans would go after her, for saying the same thing they were saying.
Even native Americans aren’t really native. They came here over the Bering Strait and colonised this continent. The Americas were up for grabs. So this is everyone’s land. Hopefully this statement offends maximum number of morons who never took history class Getting back to manufactured outrage is so much less stressful than the real democracy shaking thing...
Dam do we have to pick a fight over every dam thang enough already move on from petty shit The song is inclusive. It means ALL of us, It means Everyone as One People. It is/was not meant divisively or to exclude or upset any Native Americans. It was meant to unite everyone with love for this land. loveistheanswer
One can never make everyone happy all the time. The homeland is where on is born, or were one has spent the greater part of one’s life. 529 years have passed since the conquerers forced themselves upon this land. Then the colonizers brought the black people from Africa to enslave them. This is now the land of many communities.
It’s a great song, and JLo did an excellent job. Like the Constitution, this song is a promise to all of us. I am happy this is the greatest scandal so far of the Biden era. 😬 Tell them to shut the fuck up Columbus 1 Indians 0 I was raised in white society. returned to reservation (desolate lands US found useless) was taught true oral history of my people’s atrocities committed by the US. History books vague. My ancestors voices will never be silenced so long as we speak our language in Our Lands.
I am ecstatic that Miss Downes has been chosen to serve. May she have great success. I think Obama did it better Ironically, Trump would have been called racist for that!! OMg! Get the fuck over it! Stop starting shit when you know its about ALL of us!! I live in New Mexico and Native Americans get everything they want!! Stop the whining!
Every damn thing is a problem., 4,000 people dying a day and a song us a problem? I have a Native American bloodline and I really don’t understand who decides to lead the charge on what to be offended by. People openly use the word “Savage” in pop culture and no one says anything. A word used to justify a genocide. *Crickets*
All land is stolen I love manufactured outrage! Haha what a wonderful challenge against hypocrisy Democrats and leftist Hollywood elites When it comes to Woody Guthrie, I prefer 'All You Fascists Bound To Lose'. This Land Is Your Land is anthropocentric AF. Woody Guthrie never wrote a bad song and you'll never convince me that he did.
Ugh. The messy part of Democracy. Cc benshapiro omg! Lol Progressives gather. Time for someone to be offended! 🤦♂️ They lost the war. They were conquered. Get over it. In no other country a conquered civilization has these kind of concessions awarded them. It's a great song by the great Woody Guthrie And the division just keeps on going ...
Woody Guthrie was a famous anti-fascist communist. This is silly. ' lets get loud ' 😆 With governors without our best interest it's been a long history of abuse of power and that power taints the mind. Solely placing blame on the President does not help and one song is not the problem. A rooted issue in the pursuit of power blinds and divides.
Can they please not bit the hand that feeds them? He has a Native American in his cabinet and he stopped a huge oil pipeline from destroying your land. This is his first day. Give him a break! It is not their land can you not see the world and a bunch of people claiming they own territory, well build a big army to defend it then.
I’m just happy to be back down to this after 4 years of the country metaphorically being on fire. I am so loving this! Here we goooo, media has a fresh meat...Trump is history, this is day 2 and we are already rioting, offended and breaking rules, gunna be great! Even funnier is the communist references... a missed opportunity for the Repugs.
File this one under “some people will complain about ANYTHING.” Griping about This Land Is Your Land? Seriously? Move on. Next. (I’m one of trump’s most vicious critics, but when the left cries and whines about dumb stuff like this, I’m going to call them on it.) From an indigenous perspective, my guess is that there were a lot of things upsetting about what was said at the inauguration.
I’m Native. I was highly offended by the usage of this particular song Ffs. If this is what we are going to be outraged about the Cult is going to tear us apart. Toughen up people, it’s going to get rough. Sounds like there couldn't be a more fundamental misunderstanding of the song. Wow... We’re taken hostages by the “politically correct” crap. All American citizens own that music and it is our heritage, belongs to ALL of us, period‼️
Biden/Harris Covid Death Count 8298 and climbing Racists! This is truly sad. Have we moved so far from real news? At this point, why do anything. Somebody somewhere is going to find offense to anything you do. Republican, democrat or independent. It doesn’t matter. Lmao Is this ever going to end with them? First sport teams now bitching about this. Enough
Can’t make everyone happy😂 Yes. That kind of seemed a poor choice. America the Beautiful would have been better. Quit publishing outrage porn please. 'Some people say...' yeah... there is always some people saying some shit. It's not news. This is why we can't have nice things! I’m glad identity politics is all the press will be talking about for the next four years.
Manifest Destiny™ Oh dear lord, it’s this nonstop bickering inside our wide diverse camp that derails anything getting done by Democrats. It’s simple, our common challenges are climate change, covid, jobs, immigration, systemic racism, WHITE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS, voting reform, etc. NOT THIS!! Woke gonna out woke the woke
1 freaking day and this is the pressing headline from the AP. Shame! No you failure quasi news organization, no 'native Americans' are questioning anything. Try being respectful for a change 🖕 A fair question. It does seem kinda inappropriate. I can’t get that song out of my head now. ThisLandIsYourLand JLo
Song was written as a response to Irving Berlin’s god bless America by Woody Guthrie - let it go. So I guess he’ll be impeached for this. It wouldn't be 2021 without people crying Okay, it's just YOUR land I want to join a woman's sports team. FUN FACT At 9:21 this evening, you can celebrate the 21st minute of the 21st hour of the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century.
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