By Brenda Norrell
Julia Good Fox, Pawnee, who was in Palestine with the People of Color, Third World Delegation, speaks on Red Town Radio hosted by Muscogee Brenda Golden of Oklahoma. Good Fox said the genocide that targeted Native Americans has taken place around the globe.
Good Fox, professor at Haskell Indian Nations University, said the militarization of Indigenous lands in this country has taken place in Palestine. The result is intergenerational trauma and historical trauma, which has a tremendous impact on present Native American communities.
Good Fox said in Palestine, people have been removed from their jobs for speaking their language, revealing one of the similarities between the genocide of Palestinians and Native Americans.
In Palestine, people are being forcibly relocated by Israel and resettled in areas called “reservations,” just as in the colonized United States. Some reservation areas in Palestine are now labeled “unrecognized,” and cut off from resources such as water, just as in the United States, she said.
Good Fox said in earlier times, Palestine was a place where diverse populations lived together in peaceful coexistence for the most part. It was only in the Twentieth Century that this bloody conflict began.
The US has played a major role in this conflict. The United States’ $2 billion in military aid to Israel is also responsible. Good Fox said Israel has carried out genocide against Palestinians with the aid of the United States.
During the show, Good Fox also discussed colonization, sovereignty and Indian education. Haskell students Diane Sampson O'otham (Pima) and Stephen Morgan, Cherokee/Creek, joined the radio show and spoke on current issues and challenges in Indian education.
In the radio show, Good Fox describes her own struggle. Although she once dropped out of school and then received her GED, she is now a doctoral student and on the faculty of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Red Town Radio will host a two-hour radio show on Feb. 7. The topic is Residential Boarding Schools, with guests Russell Means of the Lakotah Republic, and Kevin Annett, a minister and activist exposing residential school abuse in Canada.
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