Plainly visible for every=one to see the differences in the degree of ‘bi-partisanship’ over the past 2-3 years of Democratic stewardship of Indian Affairs. The HEARTH act was ‘allowed’ to past by the House (400-0) – nothing controversial about that effort. Of course the ‘OBAMA_CARE” Act (consisting of I.HS reauthorization) was passed under VERY questionable arrangements and wasn’t very well supportable. Therefore, at this POINT – the federal check is only in the mail WITH NOTHING REALLY BEING PAID OUT yet to indian health care. The responsibilities for stewardship doesn’t fall primarily to the Federal Government, but rather Tribal Nations and their ELECTABLE Tribal Governments. It is tribal citizens (electorate populations) that have to hold THEIR OWN tribal governments accountable. Why did loss of federal funding occur, $32 MILLION, occur particularly under the Navajo Nation Governments watch? What have there been consistently programming issues which impact the services and program funds of social service programs, i.e. Navajo HeadStart, Boys and Girls Club, etc? To continue to BLAME Washington, DC OR the Republican Party for lack of resources or services to Indian people is IRRESPONSIBLE of Tribal Nation Governments. I have heard too many stories of the frustrations NM Senator Pete Dominici had with Navajo officials over their lack of communication with federal officials over the needs of Navajo people. Subsequently, the Republican leadership wasn’t able to support Navajo Nation requests. It is high-time that the Indian Nation Governments CONTINUE TO TAKE OWNERSHIP to national or regional issues than to simply lie down and allow empty promises be sung as SWEET NOTHINGS. For tribal nations to hold continue to hold their breath and wait for a ‘hand-out’ from the Obama Administration and its policies....we'll indian people have no one else to blame, i.e. Mitt Romney, but them-selves. Not all of 'Native America' considers them-selves this '47-percent'. Some fall into the other '47-percent' and yet still others (like most) fall into the '5-7 percents' of undecideds.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 12:51