Cobell represents more than a few dollars more for those that accept the payment. It represents an acknowledgement of past and present continued unaccountability of monies never paid to native peoples in exchange for land treaties and agreements to protect and make available natives to live as soveriegn entities. In truth, the BIA was created as an agency mediator between the Indian people and the US government to ensure no corruptions and unaccountability could be spared, but the BIA has only become this huge collective corrupt Indian agent that actually stands in the way of native soveriegnty. I say there was a time that the BIA served some purpose in achieving its mission, but I say now is the time to rid ourselves of this barrier agency that more often than not, serves the federal governments mandates rather than the Indian people. I recieve small payments from a big oil company, but I want to stop renewing the lease. It is hard to do when you have 40 other people that cannot and will not come to a collective agreement and you can be outvoted if a majority of other landowners continue signing the lease. American Indians should be the wealthiest people in the US, but thanks to an even greedier and more scheming adversary, non-natives get offended and turn into communist when they see natives prosper or gain some level of equal financial success, claiming unfairness and loopholes for natives economic development progress. I agree that no more Indian land should be sold or end up in the hands of non-natives, US government especially, but I also believe that one has the right to keep their lands and accept the Cobell Settlement without giving up those lands.
Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 23:02