It's a sorry state when indigenous ppls have been relegated to relying on revenue that comes from gambling. In Oklahoma, with some 60+ casinos, do the funds trickle down to more than a quarter on each dollar to indigneous ppls? Because that's the way it seems to go for governement bureaucracy when such officials point to how much they allocated and when. If Mrs. Feinstein was sincere and did not merely give lip service to respecting tribal sovereignty, she might not have concluded it with the focus on the rights of Euro-Americans instead of the rights and aspirations of the First Peoples. It would be a welcome change, if there was a statesman out there who was not locked in a Euro mindset; who wasn't a corporate puppet, nor merely a cog in the machine, but who had a CLUE about indigenous self-determination. Maybe then, that last paragraph might have read smthng like: "Our bill respects tribal sovereignty by reddressing and not suppressing the rights and aspirations of indigenous communities, while consulting Euro-American citizens. Acknowledging that the former may hope to achieve meaningful community development that goes well beyond the stroke of a pen, as is legislative reform in casino licensing, I look forward to working together by going past the mere motions of informing tribes of the unilateral changes implemented. Recognizing that future Ndn casinos may very well be rejected by affected citizens, a renewed direction that involves sustainable living and successfully established cultural revitalization practices based on indigenous sovereignty, will be actively sought and implemented for promising and real changes on Turtle Island.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 14:14