Grave Robbing

Rob at Newspaper Rock has a good round-up of the predictable “outrage” of rural white Utah residents who are infuriated that the Federal government is prosecuting some of them for looting Indian artifacts.  Evidently, if you steal from someone long enough, it becomes a “hobby” and is therefore perfectly alright.  The National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, on the other hand, views stealing as stealing.

Published in: on June 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm  Comments (2)  
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The Great Debate

The Cornsilks, Judge Steve Russell and I (along with many others) ride into cyber-battle in defense of the truth, history and Cherokee culture as it relates to the Freedmen.

Indians Screwed by Supreme Court

Also, sun rises.  Under this truly mind-boggling decision, the government is rewarded for its steadfast dedication to racism by refusing to recognize certain tribes until 1934.  And the tribes are punished because they were unable to force the government to recognize them, even though no such mechanism existed until 1934.  Once again, the courts have demonstrated that any right possessed by Indian Tribes that inconveniences white people in the least will be overturned or watered-down, no matter how convuluted the construction of the law.  The decision is here.

Sad, But Not Surprising

Ron Rides At The Door (Blackfeet) ,a Glacier County Montana Commissioner, is attacked and beaten up in his own home by three white men who shout racial epithets at him and his wife.  The County Attorney refuses to classify this as a hate crime, and initially only charges them with misdemeanors, though after an outcry the charges are upgraded to felonies.  My own feelings about hate crime laws notwithstanding (I’m against them), is there any doubt that if this same incident involved an African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Jewish elected official, not only would it be considered a hate crime, it would make the national news?

Elder Court

The Tulalip Tribe has instituted a remarkable program where tribal elders intervene to help young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 with pending criminal cases.  Every tribe should be experimenting with such a plan, as it directly addresses the serious problem of young Indians ending up permanently on the wrong side of the law and without hope.

Published in: on December 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm  Comments (1)  
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