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What if we could reset our expectations for modern American leaders on the same grounds?

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85It is becoming clear that most Americans this election voted AGAINST what they perceived as elitist privilege and class disparities this year, whether they voted against Clinton or against Trump.

They are frustrated if not angered by political and economic power being controlled by just a few at the top. So I was surprised when Vernon Masayesva of the Hopi village of Kykotsmovi explained to several of us that historically, Hopi leaders were not power brokers but elders who were “like monks” in that they refused to own property or accumulate wealth.

They were chosen to care for their youth, their elderly, their common values, and the lands and waters which nourished them.

What if we could reset our expectations for modern American leaders on the same grounds? How much more would be healed rather than irreparably hurt if we did so?

Brother Coyote, OEF

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