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MOST INDIANS DON'T WANT TO BLEND INTO SOCIETY

I would like to commend Leonard Pitts for his recent op-ed column, "Be a sport: stop ethnic branding," and its implications. This is an issue that has haunted Indian people for too many years. It is easy for non-Indians to ask, "What's all the fuss?" But it is hard to reach out to them and get them to look at it from the other side.

At one point, however, Pitts writes about how other ethnic minorities have shouldered the same burden and overcome it by being assimilated into the American society at large, while Indian people have not been given the same opportunity. This is a misstatement.

While there may be a few Indians who want to be assimilated into the society around them, most just want to be left with the freedom to live our own lives, in our own ways. Indian people, by and large, are not looking to become part of the great society.

This is not a condemnation of American society, just a different path that we walk. We want to be able to walk it with dignity, and not be abused along the way just for being different.

MARK VOSBURGH Albion

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