Mr. Sunray, I am curious as you have posted now a couple of articles I have seen relating to federal recognition. I think I understand where you are coming from, but, to be sure, what issues do you have. Federal recognition, although not what we prefer, does protect our rights somewhat. As you stated in a more recent article, it keeps away the new age (my words) tribes, or those who are announcing Indian ancestry to further their causes and means. Not being adversarial, just curious. I have spent my career with the BIA and have developed my own views and opinions working inside out. I only mean to spend the rest of my life using that knowledge to help Indian folks. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation of OK. Although we don't have a reservation, Indian Country is called that for a purpose. We weren't given a reservation and Indian Country designation gives us somewhat connection to our past and future. Thanks.
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 12:30