We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When the ancestors of North America’s Indigenous peoples entered the New World some 16,000 years ago via Siberia, they hunted many of the mammals, reptiles, and birds, from the Arctic down to Tierra del Fuego. Mammoths, mastodons, and enormous ground-dwelling sloths, as well as giant bears, giant tortoises, and enormous teratorn birds with 16-foot wingspans—animals that had never had a chance to evolve in the presence of humans—were among the many species that disappeared from the Americas. Some medium-sized animals—such as horse, peccary, and antelope species—were also wiped out. But others survived: Bison and deer species, tree sloths, tapirs, jaguars, bear species, alligators, and big birds such as rheas and condors are, at least for the time being, still with us.
It's a myth that the indigenous Indians were conservationists. They would run whole herds of buffalo off a cliff to feed their tribe, They would set fire to planes to flush out game but also burning huge swaths of grass lands. They often fought with each other. Some tribes were protectors of peaceful tribes... for a price (ie. they ran a protection racket). When one tribe captured an opposing tribe's members, they enslaved them.
Also still with us -- the plants that relied on megafauna to eat their fruits. The Osage Orange is an easy example, but there are lots of others. They're not extinct yet, but their evolved reproductive plan is kaput.
I dispute the idea that Indians have any claim to be "indigenous". There is plenty of evidence that other groups of people lived here before them. As far as I'm concerned, the Indians are just a bunch of professional freeloaders, just like blacks. We can't afford to support these groups any longer, our spending deficit is out of control. In my view, we should cancel the reservations, and send the Indians to live in Mexico. Who knows? They might decide to start working for a living, or they might not. It doesn't make any difference to me. I just want them gone.