This story of no money is all too common. It's now become usual and customary. Where your heart is, so will your actions follow. Every year during appropriations we hear this sad fairy tale about lack of money for public safety and everything else, the U.S. government has a treaty obligation to provide. If the Defense Department budget is $624 billion for 2013 and we are currently paying almost $1.6 billion a day to have troops in over 130 countries and provide for the worlds defense. Yet still listen to a priority ranking that always has Indian Country public safety at the bottom of the list is evidence of systemic, blatant disregard. It does tribal nations no good to go to Washington every year and beg for appropriations and have to accept, protecting countries overseas is always has a higher priority than needs that exist right here. There is not one Indian nation today that has funding for public safety helicopters, yet every big city, the National Park Service and every government agency from the Border Patrol and other agencies have them and they are funded. Poor response times, no response, lack of jail space, not enough officers. I think it's a matter of priorities and when I watch C-Span during appropriations when when everyone asks for and walks away with billions, I do not see the same support for Indian country needs. Even with the good ole treaty.
Monday, July 9, 2012 - 19:07