We have a choice much like in every presidential election of two poor choices. Obama or Romney. For all the talking points Obama has become noted for. When I look out to Indian Country and see the chronic problems that still have not been addressed. I like many of you wonder. When will Obama really spend time in Indian country? I still see Natives hauling around water, some of the poorest primitive dirt roads in the BIA inventory, little to no economic development. People still using "out-houses" due to no plumbing. The passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act, but with no funding to make it work. I have yet to see Obama engage the Indian community, I have yet to see Obama on the largest reservation in north America, the Navajo Nation. Talking points aside. We have really experienced little in substantive change or funding for initiatives for the BIA to make a real difference. The bureaucracy is still as slow and as top heavy as ever. America is only 236 years old, perhaps she needs more time to really implement many of her Treaty obligations and prioritize local versus foreign and overseas needs.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 15:40