I am so glad to hear someone in your position and reputation say that the BIA can be at times a burden on Indian Tribes. It is true that some tribes exist like third world countries. Some tribes have no water, no electricity, no economic development, in non populated, non industrial areas with low educational attainment community wide. Taking these unfortunate facts into consideration, I hope you are not disillusioned to think that all tribal leaders will be able to grasp the vision you expressed so well. To me change and progress are slow and hard to come by in Indian country. Having generations of another race telling you what to do and how to do it, is not an easy thing to brush off. Your words give me hope, but then too there have been many good words said through the years with very little change. Good words like sovereignty, empowerment, self governance, and equality can be at times just that, only words with hollow meaning especially if you are hungry and have no job or what looks like no future. Conversely, I know there is always hope, as there are many young Indian people today determined to bring about a better day for our Indian people. Mr Rahall, I wish you the best in all your efforts.
Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 16:02