Acting Asst. Sec. Susan Thornton and EAP team en route to her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee!
In the wake of a Bundy Ranch crisis sparked by a militarized federal land-grab effort in Nevada, it seems that the Department of Interior has set its sights on a new prize - this time targeting once protected Indian reservation land on Pine Ridge in South Dakota.
The Oglala Sioux and Lakota Sioux of the reservation have been told by the Federal Government that the National Parks Service will be taking land that comprises the South Unit of the Badlands National Park as a new ‘Tribal National Park’, only the wording in the bill clearly indicates that it will be a federally managed national park under the Department of Interior, giving mere lip service to its tribal title. The Congressional bill has already been written, and if passed through Congress, both tribal members and non tribal members will be stripped of their deeded land – at a price set by the federal government. If owners do not accept Washington’s offer (expected to be a meager one), the land can be acquired at no cost because the measure has waived all appraisal rights and stipulates that Washington can simply take Indian land by force under ‘eminent domain’.
Thousands of tribe members will be affected by the land-grab. Some residents will be forced to relocate, and many more others will lose their income from grazing allotments on the land – a result which will ultimately force any remaining independent cattle ranchers out of business. In addition to all this, Tribal members will lose their share of income from entrance fees collected at the adjacent North Gate of the Badlands National Park – a punitive measure which will further compound the existing economic depression on a reservation where the average annual income is around $8,000 per year.
Washington may be pining for yet another ‘Wounded Knee’, as many residents and tribal members are prepared to stand their ground in the face of a federal imperialist policy inside US borders - a trend which many Americans have experienced first-hand, particularly in western states like Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
that's sad, it's really beautiful up there and the two Sioux tribes have been perfect stewards of their land's protection.
We need another "national park" like I need another hole in my head! :(
And if the Indians did all that they would lose their Medicaid, WIC, Medicare, free federally funded health care, food stamps, etc. Indians have been on a free ride for decades. It is about time that stops. Also, border crossings and the need for passports goes both ways. We could force them to have passports to leave their crap hole reservations. They claim sovereignty when it is convenient. It is time for the hatchet to be buried, and Indians to assimilate into American society. Indian reservations are a horrible social experiment which has failed miserably.
Ockinga, you must be in the northeast. Most people up there are fools anyway! And its plan to see you failed history in school. All the things you listed? Are wrong! We have stolen land from them! Ever heard of a history book? That is land that we gave them. America thought it was worthless and they had land that Americans wanted. So we forced them to take what was given. And guess what? They made it better then good land! They made it great! Its theirs and they will fight to keep it! And I will also help in that fight! So you need to just go back to reading your koran. And thinking all is good under Jareer Abeed's rule.
Haha, I agree with you on this one Ted, its also kinda funny how you take a shot at the muslims every chance you get. Dont let the muslims raise your blood pressure.
John, thanks for agreeing on this. I have been trying to get people to understand ehat islam really is for years! And now some are starting to listen. I really took the time to read the koran. And read it twice. But when I had finished? Found the best use for it was to wipe my ass with! And I do so everyday! When we started building our cabin? We lived in our motorhome. Old girl kept the cold out. But not having our septic tank in? I built a outhouse from state regulations. Had the inspector check it. And he liked what I had did. Put in 12 volt inline fan on vent pipe. 12 volt LED lights. Montana=Heater! Best things? Book rack, shelf for 12 volt coffee pot! There also, in it place of honor? The koran, on its wire coat hanger! (Remember those?) And also have on in our cabin's bathroom! Knowing and seeing first hand, what islam is? And what the koran teaches? Ass wipe is the best use for the koran! Ok, thanks. I got to vent! And now finish my coffee and use the koran! Yes I am using our outhouse! Dutch doors and get to watch the mountains come alive! Great to be alive and see all that GOD has given us! Later John. Watch your ass. Ted.
Hi Ted, Never read the Koran but I have had a few muslim friends in school, one was my best friend for a year. She tutored me every day and got me through college algebra with out having to take any remedial classes. In her opinion the worst thing she ever did in her life was she unknowingly was dancing while there were men watching, if you can believe that. She taught me how muslims believed Jesus existed but was a prophet like Mohammad who also ascended to heaven to bring the word of God back. Her family didn't like me nor did mine like hers because of our different religions but we didn't care and I wouldn't change my experience with her for the world. We made an agreement that when we die if Islam was right she would put the good word in for me and if Christianity was true i would put the good word in for her haha. She became engaged so I wasn't allowed to talk to her anymore. You would appreciate one of my other muslim friends, he was a goofy kid just like me. One of our first days of class he told me he just dropped African American studies, i asked why cause i could tell he had something to say and he said, yea it was all about watermellons. Don't get me wrong if a muslim wants to try and impose fear or law here ill be the first to start killing those particular muslims if im threatened. Just saying you shouldn't stereotype anyone. "'He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster". I completely understand your point of view though.
John Mankin, you have to read the koran! Please read it or at least look it over real hard! Then tell me how you feel. And I wonder? Your friend had the right idea when you were in school. But I wonder what his thinking is today? Would you stake your or your families life on what he believes today? Just a though. Thanks, Ted.
I know many of them are misguided. If I talked about Mohammad the look in my buddy's face would go from content to looking like he wanted to rip my tongue out but what can you do. I have faith which has been an excellent guide for me. I wont classify someone as bad from what they believe because most everyone i know have been brainwashed to blindly believe that they are good people and that goes for many different religions. I classify people by their ability to use common sense to compare what they've been taught with what makes sense. I like to try to see the potential and good in everyone.
Ted, just watched a movie call "Lone Survivor" which is suppose to be based from a true story. I will admit, about 90 min into the movie this 57 yr old wanted to join the military to help our warriors and when the end came, not only did I want the reinforcements to hurry up to save our lone survivor but I wanted them to save the village also and they were Muslims.
I have heard about the tradition of helping people and once you help they are your responsibility, well this movie if true and I believe it to be shows we can not hate all Muslims, these people of that village had more guts and honor than most people I have ever known personally.
Ted, also after the government gave them "worthless" land and gold, oil, and other valuable resources were discovered on those lands we often took the land away again.
Ockinga fails to understand that while Native Americans (Indians) are US citizens, non-Native Americans aren't citizens of the Native American Nations. There's no way the US could force them to stay on the reservations, but I do believe Native Americans could restrict access to the reservations.
Octinga might not like the benefits accorded to them, but I'm sure he doesn't mind the fact that the government made those benefits necessary by taking away the means of their livelihood so as to make the nation and certain people richer.
I wonder if Ockinga's demand that Native Americans assimilate into American society means that they should acquiesce to federal socialism and theft as the rest of us citizens (peasants?) are expected to.
My guess is that the federal government is going to demonstrate that the Kelo vs. New London 2005 SCOTUS Decision really does mean that private property rights don't exist.
So, I'm thinking that Oren has a point.
The Native Americans are one of the few cultures that lived in balance with nature which in my opinion is the most holly and spiritual way to live, it is above Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other religion that has failed in living in balance. Every Thanks Giving after the prayer has been said I make a point to thank the Native Americans for sacrificing their land, lives and way of life so that I can live here. Ill just say that I don't win any popularity contests with my peeps.