Politics in tribal matters has been there for eons. In the days of the ancestors though, if one group didn't agree with another group they just all loaded all their things up & moved off to start their own camp. Also, in those times, once groups were put on the Rez in the late 1800's politics really came into view more often. These chiefs were often times called "Loafs about the fort", meaning they tried gaining favor with their wardens, the white soldiers so as to gain clout & get their particular agenda carried out by their wardens. Many times, the "will" of the people was not carried out & instead old rivalries were taken care of this way. Yes, we have spite issues to this day in our own tribal courts. A Rez can be a very politically charged place among certain families. People are scared to say anything if one of the "favorites" are doing a bad thing. It should not be this way, because the Great Spirit does not show favoritism when He judges us. Let someone go against those who are considered favorites on a Rez & see what can happen when they tell you to leave. Those who don't willingly leave the Rez once banished would have wished they did. Things start happening to your property, your animals & worse. This is what goes on the Rez when those favored families have it in for someone. It's not right, but it certainly goes on. Don't believe it? Try living on the Rez a while & turn certain family members in for a crime & see what happens!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:51