How do we as a People define "Idle No More" if this is true? He said "There are some within Indian country, and some American Indians placed in federal positions, who support a federally imposed apartheid-style structure that divides historic tribes between the “included” and “excluded.” It begs the question, “Do the majority of BIA listed tribes feel that non-BIA listed tribes are unworthy of the consideration of the federal government?” Will the Climate change?? He states that a climate of exclusion undermines the unity of Indian Country and the inherent dignity of all indigenous nations. In the end will we build a House together? Why are we condemning the movers and the shakers? They stood up first even if things seem to be outdated? He said "The crucial concerns of BIA listed tribes should be on his agenda and it appears that they are getting more of the attention that they deserve. Who says that after the hunt we get what we need, and not share it? Will we become the Red Road after we have walked it? The atmosphere has not changed, there are Natives under the non recognized tribes who can't prove lineage of Native heritage even if they are Native American. What about US? Are we too left OUT? He said "Of all of the important issues addressed at the White House Tribal Leaders Summit, the issues of the broken federal acknowledgment system or the plight of non-BIA listed tribes went unmentioned in official reports. Again how do we come together as a PEOPLE? Isn't this what " Idle No More" is fighting for.. deep down? He said " The reports from the summit indicate that no such crucial issues were raised, because it is becoming the practice that those who would passionately voice such concerns from personal experience are “untouchables” who often receive callous disregard and have no voice at such meetings. A chief in Canada is starving for voices like his to be heard. Obama's motto is YES We Can!!! this is America make things happen man... Stand for Idle No More!! You seem to be courageous in writing your concerns. In the 50's blacks were considered " untouchables" now the have a black unprecedented " President". Is this whole conversation a spark from the FIRE lit by the "untouchables" in the "Idle No More", movement? There are defined(representative) and undefined (nonrepresentational) natives in those round dance PROTEST. He said" United Nations General Assembly mentions the inequities of the federal acknowledgment process and how it has left many tribes “especially disadvantaged.” BUT isn't this their intentional plan from the beginning? From the 1500's -2012 to discredit all indigenous people to create a take and destroy effort? Can this(his) statement be a catalyst for change and encouragement to the "Idle No More Movement, which affects all natives? He said"Given the Obama administration’s determination to “getting the relationship right” with America’s indigenous people, it is important that the “especially disadvantaged” non-BIA listed historic tribes be engaged and heard by the administration. Amid all of the concerns and crises in Indian country, the inequities of the federal acknowledgment process and the disenfranchisement of many historic tribes must be addressed if justice is to be done." I totally agree with this statement " There should be no “untouchables” among historic tribes. The inherent dignity of all historic tribes must be respected. YES! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! All must become one if change is to happen... it must come from within!!!! Tribe - A unit of sociopolitical organization consisting of a number of families, clans, or other groups who share a common ancestry and culture and among whom leadership is typically neither formalized nor permanent. Come Together!! Lets build this HOUSE together!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 14:09