very well written and good thoughts. Even the federal courts struggle to understand the term "federally recognized" as evidenced recently in the Carcieri v. Salazar, 555 U.S. 379 (2009), in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the term "now under Federal jurisdiction" referred only to tribes that were federally recognized when the Indian Reorganization Act became law, and the federal government could not take land into trust from tribes that were recognized after 1934. Personally, no matter what others want to term it, when we were living in our native lands roaming throughout our aboriginal lands, we were recognized as Indians, among other things, and forced to relocate to other lands. But, now we have to live in a box defined by others. Anyway, being recognized makes life a little better, but not it's still not good enough.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 17:50