I have difficulty with Mr. Obama, the true distance between him and Indian country is enormous. He talks about nation to nation relations, but were still tethered to a feudal 18th century policy of asking and begging and not receiving. I have not seen Obama visiting any of the federally recognized tribes, nor the unrecognized ones. For a candidate who said he sympathized with the struggles of people of affliction, I would have expected a bit more. For all the people in Indian country still living in single-wide trailers, no-plumbing, hauling around water in the back of trucks, some of the most primitive roads in North America, courtesy of BIA roads. Lack of adequate public safety services. I find it suspect that he can relate to the Navajo Nation or the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, I have not seen him there. If he can support spending $2 billion a day on national defense and yet the whole BIA budget is only $2.4 billion for over 500 tribes. I have a problem with that reasoning. I would not support Mr. Obama, I think Romney is an even worse choice. I would support Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico. New Mexico, home of 22 Indian tribes was fertile ground and a good relationship existed between then Governor Johnson and state government. A relationship I think he would further if elected. Both mainstream party's talk a good game, none deliver to Indian country.
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 19:23