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Letter: Cultural deafness

September 5, 2013

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To the editor:

As I’ve read recently, everyone is acting like it’s all systems go for the South Lawrence Trafficway along the 32nd Street route. All of this exuberance is based on a couple of weekends of archaeological study a decade ago by a Denver professor and his graduate students and the HNTB engineering firm. I actually remember a Saturday when I saw these people working. What’s bothered me over the years is that they didn’t sound as if they were empirically looking for evidence. They wanted to arrive at the predetermined outcome and make their findings vague enough for the highway proponents.

This area is dry or wet or field or pond that has been inhabited since the Dalton Era as evidenced by material collected during the Clinton Lake Construction Archaeological salvage of the late 1970s in the Wakarusa River Valley now inundated just to the west of the wetlands.

There is a price to pay for not listening to the people your decisions affect. There is a price to pay for destroying an area where the U.S. government basically operated a punitive boarding school where indigenous children were taken from their parents by force and drilled to be white people with fatal results. Parts of the Lawrence community deserve kudos for being culturally tone deaf. This tone deafness is nothing to be proud of. What progress comes out of disrespect and destruction?

And what will be the attitude when remains are encountered? Will indigenous people be treated as just another bump in the road?

Comments

bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

basically operated a punitive boarding school where indigenous children were taken from their parents by force and drilled to be white people with fatal results. Parts of the Lawrence community deserve kudos for being culturally tone deaf. This tone deafness is nothing to be proud of. What progress comes out of disrespect and destruction?

---in other words, because the history of HINU is bad we shouldn't build the SLT. doesn't add up at all.

this LTE writer will certainly be one of the protestors doing wacky things trying to gum up the works.

remember the "salamander wranglers?"

the SLT should've been built decades ago.

grimpeur 1 year, 3 months ago

Yep. Do you happen to know where it was supposed to go? Do you know who suggested the 32nd/wetlands alignment? Do you know when? Or why? If you knew these things, you might better understand why it has taken so long.

IdahoWinds 1 year, 3 months ago

Mike Ford is to be commended for his perseverance of pointing out to all that will listen/read what his concerns are about indigenous people's rights. What he does not seem to understand is that compromise is the way of democracy and diplomacy. Not hard-line, irrational tripe! Everyone is tired of you droning on about unfair practices to the American Indian that has no direct relevance to completing the SLT on the 32nd St. alignment. "Just saying No" is not the solution here. I don't need to suggest that he "move on" because we all know that he is incapable of doing so. The rest of us can move on for him. Since "construction" of the SLT within Section 18 will not require ANY excavation, only fill, he can fret all he wants about exposing past graves. It just isn't going to happen~~~

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