Adventure Journal

opinion: Who really deserves ownership of yosemite names

"...The problem we face now is not erasing or undoing the past, but forging the path for a better future. That better future needs to be inclusive of the opinions and feelings of Native Americans, it needs to take Native American concerns into account in the planning of new legislation about public lands, and it needs to provide reparations for historic mistreatments of Native Americans to an extent that they are afforded real opportunities to thrive in this world – not through forced assimilation “under the benign influences of education and civilization,” as Ulysses S Grant suggested at his second presidential inauguration in 1873; but in accordance with their own principles and fundamental values and beliefs..."