Video: On 'Custer Died For Your Sins' Anthropologist says: Deloria 'forced us to rethink'

Patty Talahongva

Celebrating 50 Years of Vine Deloria Jr.'s 'Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto.' A video response from anthropologist Robert Breunig

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vine Deloria Jr.'s Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, anthropologist and President Emeritus of the Museum of Northern Arizona Robert Breunig, Ph.D. discusses how the chapter by Deloria titled Anthropologists and other friends, forced him to "rethink."

Williams' response is part of the Indian Country Today month-long series of contributions on what Deloria's work meant to our readers from all parts of Indian Country.

See related: The headline is still 'Custer Died For Your Sins'

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I appreciate how Robert Breunig was pushed back onto his heels by Vine Deloria's chapter on anthropologists; and no doubt many of us can learn the same lesson. But to accuse himself of "white supremacy" is to go too far. The term comes to mean very little, if it can include the feelings of white people who believe "The only good Indian is a dead Indian," white people who think the name of the Washington, DC football team is perfectly OK and should not be changed, and then white people like Breunig who have great respect for Indigenous peoples and would never want to do anything to offend them.