I read this story and though about decisions that are made by our tribal council concerning our casino or investments from the proceeds and everytime, they are being made on the recommendations of those in charge of our casino (non-natives), usually at the cost of our culture. How much more do we need to destroy those things that our ancestors struggle for so long to hold to for the sake of economic growth. I work for my Elders Council, who is usually at odds wth our tribal ccouncil for those decisions, and when I talk to to them they always remind to never forget the ancestors and what they stood for and how they struggled to preserve our heritage. I hope that these relatives will have a change of heart and remember that they are who they are becuase of the fight that their ancestors endured and it did not take a casino. For those of us who are working everyday to protect these areas, this would just set us back at square one. We need to remember that we are all connected and what they do here, will affect us all. Let the ancestors rest, their battle is over.
Monday, August 20, 2012 - 22:22