For those who read this article, here are two simple questions to ask
politicians-state and federal...questions so simple, they are hard:1.
Where is the proclamation ratified by the voters to amend the United States
Constitution to make the health, welfare, safety and benefits of a select group
of U.S./State citizens distinguishable because of their "Indian
ancestry/race?"2. Where is the Statutes at Large for the existence of
U.S.C. Title 25-INDIANS?
There is no such thing as an "Indian reservation" under the United
The reservation system poorly serves Native Americans?Billions of
dollars has been spent for schools, housing, food, etc.How is this
poorly serving Native Americans?
@patrioticAMERICAN: "The tragic history of Native Americans makes a mockery
of today's citizens who claim immigrants are taking over our
country."On the contrary. The actual and cultural genocide of
indigenous peoples--from Australia to Peru to Canada--serves as a stark and
poignant example of the dangers of unlimited, uncontrolled immigration.The long string of the United States federal government breaking its treaties
and promises to the American Indian tribes, including on going mishandling of
Indian assets by the federal government is a powerful reminder that minority,
rural groups are at risk when urban, culturally foreign groups have power over
their homeland.I condemn both past and current mistreatment of
American Indians. I do not claim how to possibly do right by these peoples at
this time other than it is clear the segregated, socialized reservation system
is not serving them well.And I learn from history to avoid repeating
it. Subjecting my posterity or culture to anything like what the American
Indians or Australian Aboriginals have endured would be gravely foolish. So I
want border security & immigration control, and local control of rural
To stevo 123, it isn't a "do over" but a "do right" by
these people. Perhaps the best way to describe it is to remind folks about how
the Mormons were driven out of their homes and came to a desert that even the
early trappers felt was uninhabitable. Should the Mormons now ask for a "do
over"? I seriously doubt that any Mormon would ask for that. But just as
it is with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, these
people deserve to be treated on an even playing field. There is not one (I
repeat, NOT ONE) reservation that even remotely compares to most American
communities, and their opportunities for advancement. So I repeat, this is not
a "do over" but a "do better" issue.
The Native Americans were shunted off to the worse of the worst, now that they
have some thing of value on the Rez, it's "let's have a do
over". I say no.
I bet if we give yet another trump tax handout to billionaires, the Native
American Indians will benefit. After all, handouts to rich people always trickle
down to workers and native Americans, right repubs?
No more Bears Ears Monuments to "protect" places where Native American
Indians hunted. Let them sell their so called reservations (places of
banishment) and help them join us in the twenty first century, where they can
achieve great things.
Invisible Hand is absolutely correct. I would add that the American Indian
deserves much better than this. It was the Native American Indians who taught
the pilgrims how to survive. It was Native American Indians who befriended
Mormon Pioneers. Conflicts arose between Indians and Whites because their
culture, their way of life, and their homes were threatened. The white people
did what they needed to, but those times have changed. We can do much more to
uplift and integrate these people before their culture is entirely lost, and
they become extinct.
The sad irony is that as someone whose Native American ancestors (Powhatan) were
never given or placed on a reservation, I feel blessed.
The tragic history of Native Americans makes a mockery of today's citizens
who claim immigrants are taking over our country. Millions of acres of N.
American lands were stolen & millions of it's people killed by our
imported diseases & battles & forced marches that resulted from our
belief in "manifest destiny", & laws like Andrew Jackson's
"Indian Removal Act" (1830) & his military support to help Georgia
steal Cherokee lands after gold was discovered there, resultung in the deadly
"Trail of Tears" march in 1838. I have ancestors from both
sides of the aisle, but the vast maj. of them were white settlers, & the way
tribes (most of them peaceful) were decimated & disenfranchised, makes me
ashamed.I don't know what the answer is to help them climb out
of their poverty & powerlessness, but I think it involves actually helping,
not ignoring, them. Like the KSL news spotlight I saw a few wks ago,
highlighting how some people & orgs were working to bring electricity to
individual homes (yes--here in America!).And the Bureau of Indian
Affairs? Congress should change its name, & pass a law saying it's
director & most of its staff have to be Native American. That would be a
The condition of the American Indians is made much worse by the reservation
system in which nobody can own land privately. While we claim to be a bastion of
free market capitalism, we force these people into the squalor of a form of
communism. The US government failed to protect them in the 1800s and ever since
has kept them in a state of dependency that must end.