Rezzdog: As you probably have guessed, this is Chuck Trimble and I wrote the comment justifying NCAI, an organization I will continue to defend, although I know they sometime (perhaps often, depending who is running the place in DC) say and do wrong or unwise things. They do seek concensus of tribal governments, and they do present them as resolutions, debated and enacted by a majority of their members. The are indeed the oldest and larges national intertribal organization in the United States. And NCAI is the ONLY organization that has been created by Indian people officially representing tribal governments. Perhaps they are assimilationist in calling for improvements in economic, education, technology and health in reservation and Indian community life, and defending Native peoples' rights to practice traditional religious activities; and they are honest about it -- up front, in writing, and consistent over many years. I don't know what you mean that they "hint" at representing all Native peoples, but that is your perception. I don't think they are dishonest in not saying "NCAI represents on assimilated Indians, and speaks only for them." They represent tribal governments as we all understand those governments to be, whether or not we agree that those government should continue or be terminated. I'm not aware of what a non-assimilated Indian organization would be, and have always asked the promoters of decolonization (or more accurately, perhaps, decolonialization) and anti-assimilationism what they perceive their goals to be. What is the utopian state they seek? Describe it, and maybe many more people will opt out of the present social structures they find themselves in, and join with them in their efforts. BTW, I did not mean this or my previous post to be anonymous.
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 15:33