While most people believe that “real” American Indians have died off, this is completely false. Indians are and always have been about the land and the environment. Mrs. Gilio-Whitacker shows that “real” Indians are still around and still very active supporting their attachment to the land and the environment. She also shows that there are examples of non-native American support for their ideas.
- When she was growing up, Dina Gilio-Whitaker was constantly asked, “How much Indian blood do you have?”
- She could never figure out how to respond, which is not to say she didn’t know who she was.
- “I knew that I was Native, I knew that I was Colville, I knew my family up there on the reservation,” she said recently.
“”Indian issues are becoming everyone’s issues,” Gilio-Whitaker said. “Because it is about the environment, it is about environmental justice, it is about clean water, which are things that everybody can relate to now.””