By Mike Graham
Although the U.S. Federal Government today does not issue bounties for Indian scalps and calling for their extermination, the Republican party is waging a national political economic war against the Native American community through their anti-Indian politics.
Republican party elected representatives, state and federal are fully supporting anti-Indian groups like “One Nation United” and “Citizen’s Equal Rights Foundation” by enacting new legislation and changing laws to block Native Americans’ economic well being and advancement.
A bill put forth by House Resources Committee Chairman, Richard Pombo, (R-Cal) would stop Indian nation governments from reclaiming their land to operate new businesses. Pombo is using the excuse that his bill would “only” cover Indian casinos. He goes on to state: â€œInstead of seeking to bring economic development to the Indian reservation, they have instead sought to bring the Indian reservation to wherever there is economic development,â€
How stupid can this man be? Wal-Mart is based in Arkansas; they have stores all over America. The business profits are sent back to the corporate home office in Arkansas. Shouldn’t Pombo’s bill also include restricting Wal-Mart and other companies to corporate reservation land? Richard Pombo’s bill does not call for a moratorium on corporate American to stop building new casinos. If that was the case behind representative Richard Pombo’s bill, Donald Trump’s hair would be standing on ends!
Representative Pombo’s bill H.R. 4893 should be looked upon as racist toward the Native American community! In no way should any elected representative associate their name to Rep. Pombo’s bill. American voters can see what his bill is all about! American voters are getting fed up with the Republican party’s anti-Indian attitude! Millions of Americans will join with the Indian community to send a strong message to the “Grand Old Party” come election day!
Representative Pombo knows that Indian reservations were set up in desolate areas to keep Indians out of sight and force them to live in poverty. Republican Richard Pombo knows the overall economic plight for most Indian families living on reservations today is far below that of third world countries! While the federal government no longer endorses the outright killing of Native Americans for “their land”, it’s focus today is to pass laws keeping them at the bottom of the American economic ladder.
From the time republicans took over the U.S. House and Senate, Native Americans have had to deal with the extreme anti-Indian right wing of the republican party. Under the leadership of President Bush, elected republicans, federal and state, have been given a green light to block any legislation that would benefit the economic development of Indians living on and off reservations. That includes the anti-Indian actions of republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff!
The republican party’s attitude toward Native Americans’ economic well being is “Why can’t Indians live in Death Valley and be happy?” While federal and state governments offer well endowed financial incentives for businesses to operate in America, that attitude is not offered to the Native American community. The federal government has failed miserably in it’s lawful duties to ensure the economic well being of all Native Americans! The Indian Federal Trust Fund has been robbed of around one hundred billion dollars. The federal government wants Indians to settle for eight billion. Americans are not hearing about this issue on CNN & Fox national TV news for a good reason. Our government wants the myth “Indians don’t pay taxes.” to continue.
President Bush made it a point in his budget to cut funding for Indian education programs. Bush also found it in his “God” loving heart to end funding of Indian health services. His action would bring about the closing of over 36 Indian health clinics around the country. President Bush did not see fit to cut funding of any other ethnic group’s health services. President Bush stood before Americans and announced that the U.S. would send billions of taxpayers’ money to Africa for their AIDS problem, knowing full well that AIDS is a growing problem in the Indian community right here in America. Diabetic health problems are out of control within the American Indian community. Obviously President Bush is more concerned about the health of people in other countries!
Republican representatives have the nerve to use the term “Indians are reservation shopping.â€ They want Americans to believe Indians only want to build casinos! This if false information. The only race of people being restricted in conducting business in America are the First American Indians! While Native Americans today are giving their life on battlefields around the world to free people from hostile governments and terrorists, here in America our own government is politically back stabbing the Native American Indian community with economic racist laws!
The Native American community is uniting with all Americans to politically “refocus” our federal and state governments to the true principals our country was founded on! By federal law in 1924, Indians were given U.S. citizenship and the right to vote. That law did not and cannot strip Indian nations of their government sovereignty! That in itself is the supreme law of our land. Contact your congressmen and senators to stop H.R. 4893 from becoming a hate law against Indians!
Contact your congress members:
Mike Graham, member Oklahoma Cherokee Nation
Founder United Native America