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Re “For Native people, the trauma of family separation is nothing new”:

Colleen Echohawk relates a tragic aspect of the collision between Native America and the European invaders. It is one of many. It is difficult to understand how one culture believes it has the right to destroy another.

The irony of her Op-Ed is that most of the immigrants crossing our southern border are most likely Native American. They may have been identified as Hispanic, but that is only because they speak Spanish. In reality, they represent the diverse native cultures of Central and South America. It is time for the United States to take a careful look at its historic hatred and maltreatment of indigenous populations.

Do we not all desire a safer and more prosperous existence? Then let’s find a way to embrace all those who seek a better future within our borders.

Douglas Leander, Tacoma