independence Day for  Native Americans
 
When the lands are given back to us, and we don't have to do fund raisers or occupations to get them back ;

When the buffalo are not hazed and killed by government agencies;

When rocks are not sold as souvenirs on Alcatraz ;

When Indian names and images are not used as Sports mascots or for commercial selling of products ;

When we can have equal time in our classrooms across the United States to learn and speak our languages so they are not lost forever ;

When we have funding in our schools so our children can learn;

When all tribes can be "recognized" ;

When we can keep our casino monies and take care of our own;

When we all have health care, card carrying or not ;

When we can have statues that also commemorate our own people;

When we can change historical markers to reflect the truth and not glamorize the murders;

When we can see curriculum in our school books and classrooms that are not romanticized or glossed over when it comes to what really happened in and around Indian Country ;

When we don't have to ask permission to hunt and gather for sustenance, ceremony, or for medicinal reasons;

When all Sacred Sites are in place (and protected);

When our ancestors remains or artifacts are uncovered, the corporation or construction companies JUST STOP and find a different place to build;

When DJ's of commercial radio stations stop putting Indian people down;

When we can get our Indian Trust $$$ back out of the US Government's hands;

When we can get adequate and efficient housing for all Reservations & rancherias & there is no waiting list ;

When we can get more of a variety of commodity foods and some fresh food...like eggs, milk, etc ;

When we can all have enough land given back to grow our own foods;

When our reservations are no longer used as toxic and nuclear waste dumps;

When the US Government apologizes and is held to answer for the atrocities and genocidal acts it did against countless Native American people ;

When our President makes a visit to each Rez and realizes what the USA has re-created in Afghanistan, Iraq and countries to come;

When our ceremonies are not sold by those who disrespect the pipe, the sweat lodge, the sundance and the things that help us heal ;

When we can get roads, power, phones, and computers to the Reservations & rancherias that are without these things;

When we have a gym, clinic, wellness center, etc on each and every Reservation;

When we have our own radio station on each Rez;

When we have more kids graduate from High school and college;

When we have adults returning back to school and getting their GED;

When we have less or no Indians in Prison and  jail or political prisoners like Leonard Peltier;

When we have more rehab, preferably traditional and native way facilities ;

When we have more prevention programs and activities on the Rez's;

When poverty dissipates and children and adults do not have to go hungry;

When women are not referred to by the name "Squaw" and  men "Chief";

When Winona La Duke sits as President in the White House

Robin Carneen 
Robin wishes to thank all who helped her with this list.
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