It takes a strong effort on the part of each American Indian not to become Europeanized. The strength for this effort can only come from the traditional ways, the traditional values that our elders retain.
I never knew I was an artist until I did ‘Last of the Mohicans’.
The one thing I’ve always maintained is that I’m an American Indian. I’m not politically correct.
No one except Hollywood stars and very rich Texans wore Indian jewelry. And there was a plethora of dozens if not hundreds of athletic teams that in essence were insulting us, from grade schools to college. That’s all changed.
I tell the truth, and I expose myself as a weak, misguided, misdirected, dysfunctional human being I used to be.
In the government schools, which are referred to as public schools, Indian policy has been instituted there, and its a policy where they do not encourage, in fact, discourage, critical thinking and the creation of ideas and public education.
So Indian policy has become institutionalized and the result has been that American people have become more dependent on government and that the American people have become more dependent on corporations.
Being is a spiritual proposition. Gaining is a material act. Traditionally, American Indians have always attempted to be the best people they could. Part of that spiritual process was and is to give away wealth, to discard wealth in order not to gain.
Hollywood hasn’t changed. It is the most racist, anti-Indian institution in the world.
Let me go to Clinton’s new proposal: to have uniforms in public schools. And people are doing that. How come they’re doing that? Dress codes! I find that abhorrent.