Ever notice how none of the people in congress who come here to make remarks look like you, live where you do, or why you never see them on the reservation or at IHS receiving care or services? I really don't care for either popular candidate this year. I could say historically that the Democratic Party has delivered more goods, funding and services to Indian Country. Fact is today, Congress has appropriated over $642 billion for defense in 2013 spending. Contrast that with the BIA budget of a mere $2.6 billion for all the federally recognized tribes. This is a problem for me. The next time your driving down a poorly maintain BIA road and it feels like your shocks are ruined or the a-arm just break leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere, this is an issue. The next time you think about all the families you know who are out of work, living in a single-wide trailer, hauling around water in truck with a 400 gallon container, the next time you have to visit an out-house or wait hours for police services. The next time someone tells you that nothing ever changes because your driving into a border town to do all your shopping. Remember our Congress who appropriates all money and budgets. Mr Cole can say that treaties are a trust obligation, but every year during appropriation time, it's become a ritual for all tribes to go to Washington and beg for funding necessities. At most they get the crumbs.
Monday, November 5, 2012 - 20:08