Standing Fox, a leader of the Apache Stronghold movement, talks about how activism plays an important part in his life as an Apache artist.
What do you hope to communicate to non-Indians through your work?
SF: I think that the people in the US tend to forget how rich the culture is on this land. A lot of people go out of this country to volunteer and help other people in need. I want them to know that there are issues in their backyard, on their land. I think it’s very important to know who the original people are here, and to have respect for them. We need help too. I want to show the beauty within this land. I want people to see more than just images of Indians protesting, more than an Indian on Instagram holding up a picture of a poster saying WE ARE STILL HERE. We of course have to do this in order for us to protect the culture and the way, but I feel that it is my job to push the beauty of our culture to the world, by saying this is what we are about, and this is what we are trying to protect.
Tribes are at last becoming sovereign in more than theory, with mixed results
Apr 7th 2012 | WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE RESERVATION |
Excerpt: “When I was first elected, I received no financial reports, no letters, they all went over there,” he recalls, pointing across the street to a branch of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the federal agency that handles relations with tribes. “Over the years I took their power away.” Then he flips his middle finger in the BIA’s direction. “I’m not responsible to you, I’m a sovereign nation.”
I have said this many times: a casino is a meeting place, a place to gather, eat, have fun – no one puts a gun to your head and says gamble… Indian Country needed to diversify and gaming met that need…and our evolution will include more types of industry…Lara/Trace