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Wed, 1 Mar 1995 10:03:09 -0700

I see something very curious going on with this latest discussion
concerning the Indiginous Declaration. An appallingly few number of
respondants are completely reading the original message sent by Robert
Johnson. Almost everyone who has responded with various epithets and
star trek analogies has somehowmissed the fact that Robert Johnson is not the author of the Indiginous
Declaration. He merely passed on a statement written by someone else and
signed by numerous affiliations representing Native American concerns.

Not that this means one should thus agree with the statement. However,
if you are going to respond to a post, especially in an inflammatory manner,
I think it behooves you to know whom to address. Do the current
oversights in authorship regarding this issue reflect a blinding desire
to criticize, renounce, and otherwise humiliate someone who has up to
this point relentlessly attacked most anthropologists? By all means,
attack and counter-attack, but hit the target. Please don't let your
biases obscure your logic and scholarship.

Larry Pritchard Much Madness is divinest Sense-
Dept. of Anthropology To a discerning Eye-
University of Colorado Much Sense-the starkest Madness- 'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail-
Assent-and you are sane-
Demur-you're straightway dangerous-
And handled with a Chain-
Emily Dickenson