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Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Election, Budget, Finance, Government, Native Americans | 6 comments


What? are Native Americans, not talkable aboutable? Where do Trump and Clinton stand on Native issues?

We dont know. News media as usual keeps running film loops of mockery in presidential debates, pushing that the rehearsed put downs of Reagan, Kennedy, Ford, and others are somehow the height of true debate, and elections. They are not. Not even close. They are diversions from the real issues our nation needs answers to. For weeks, media touts carnival. Side show. Open mic night at the local saloon.

Im mad as hell about media trivializing the most important election of our time. Surely mainstream media has forgotten who contributed flesh and blood, death and dying and maiming of brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, to WWII, Korea, VietNam, Gulf, Falklands, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan– not to mention the huge death tolls of children, pregnant mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers in the war zones.

And yet media breathlessly hangs the latest red herring on their line for us to salute. Im not saluting. Asks absurdist questions instead of questions of depth of candidates that will effect not just our world/nation, but the ENTIRE world, all nations. And First Nations, in particular.

1. I’d like the answer to this: What are the candidates’ plans re what plans are in place and planned re Native American groups protesting the oil pipeline being put under a major clean water source?

2. And answer this also while you’re at it: what does each candidate think truly about a big oil corp digging into burial grounds? Do we just think it would be ok if we who carry NA blood dug up a Catholic cemetery, say for instance? A holocaust cemetery? The National Cemetery, would that be just fine?

Would it be fine to come run an abject black poison river underneath the highly capillaried water tables just under municipal water supplies across the nation, especially those in upscale hoods? That would be alright as a national project so all human beings were endangered from oil spill water pollution equally?

3. I grew up on the Great Lakes where oil tankers sank, leaving for GENERATIONS, huge black tar gobbets of black oil clots in the beige sandy bottom and on the once beautiful beaches, despoiling the water, the sands, the marine life, the fish, and the children and people who came to try to walk down the beach, or swim. KEROSENE was the only thing that could remove that black gunk from the skin. Water, skin, beach, lake floors polluted for miles and miles, flowing then into rivers that flowed into streams that flowed into fields and farms and gardens. Answer THAT this will NOT happen again!! That big money corp will NOT again harm the innocent people who fish for food, who love the land as Mother, who only take as much as needed, not at much as one CAN.

4. I’d like to know too how much money each candidate plans will be allocated to NA tribal people from the Feds EACH YEAR in coming years. Mark Fogarty writes in Indian Country Today in October 2015 that the Fed budget for Native people “… comes to about $20 billion a year, give or take a few hundred million dollars, a document from the Department of the Interior shows…”

5. How is Trump the ‘fiscal conservative’ going to allocate 20 BILLION dollars a year, and more and more needed each year and still and yet, for Native budget yearly? And Clinton, same question.


Where is the discourse on this? Why is this NOT on Face the fn Nation. Nation, which nation? Only the Nation that disincluded Native people. What about the TRIBAL NATIONS? Where is the discourse, the dialog, the PLANS>

I havent even gotten into what are candidates’ plans for HEAD START, children’s nutrition programs so they CAN stay awake during school, EDUCATION for all that actually educates instead of forcing rote c down student’s throats and asking them to purge it back up. There’s more, all sorely needed by all those of our nation who struggle horribly. No homes, no shelter from heat and cold, no clean water, no safe place to shelter. What about them?

How is it we NEVER hear from media in any depth whatsoever, about what will help the poor, the struggling, the sick, the mentally ill, the addicted, those dearly wanting education… all persons worthy of receiving aid in order to thrive for they were NOT born into advantage of any kind. While we’re at it, when will we hear about the abject poverty of people of Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, and every other state and ‘possession’ of the USA. And while we’re at it, let’s do away with the entire idea that any nation of persons is a “USA possession.” That is insulting, and diminishing of the very people who live, work and strive there.

Mark Fogarty again: “…Which federal agency allocates the most assistance to tribes? The Bureau of Indian Affairs? Not even close. The Department of Health and Human Services spends more than twice as much assistance as the whole Department of the Interior, which includes the BIA.The President’s request for HHS Native assistance for 2015 was $6.7 billion, also up about five percent from 2014. DOI came to $3.2 billion, up a modest 2.5 percent from 2014.
The Department of Education was second to HHS, with $5.6 billion slated to go to tribes and tribal communities. That’s an increase of about four percent from 2014. DOI was third, including $2.6 billion for BIA. The only other agency with more than copy billion in Native assistance was the Department of Agriculture, at copy.8 billion.
Looking at individual programs within those agencies, the Indian Health Service was slated for $5.8 billion, a four percent increase. Next largest was a puzzling “other” amount “for indirect support,” $4.5 billion for the Department of Education…”

As we see, the budget for Native people increases and needs to keep increasing every year. With Trump and Clinton, how can it be that such a huge and needed appropriation to the tribes does not show on their radar. If it were a group of African Americans receiving reparation payments yearly, would such a multi-billion dollar budget be discussed? If it were a group of Japanese Americans who were incarcerated and their lush farmlands and homes stolen from them? If they were yearly being compensated, would the subject EVER arise in media?

Or would we continue to hear BILLIONS of dollars of free publicity for the Clown Show on all media. Rather than billions from the Feds for those in needs of many kinds, those threatened in way of life, in food scarcity, in educational needs, health needs.

There is a saying in my father’s family. He was the headsman of his family and I heard him say a thousand times about our immigrant and refugee family slaughtered in war… “War mongers make people invisible so that it is nothing to starve and kill them.”

Why and how do the candidates who want to be President of this nation, make a huge group of people invisible? And what are their plans to NOT starve huge groups of persons, to NOT kill them by going all white-eyed and unconscious along with MSM over touting the latest clown show, the freak of the week show, calling mockery ‘debate’… favoring wink wink corporate lust over the true hearts and needs of true human beings?

Where are Native Americans in dignity, on the map of the candidates, not to mention the MSM?


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  • JSpencer

    In well informed society, one in which citizens understood and respected the universal principles and standards that keep us honest and focused, we would see problems and injustices dealt with swiftly and effectively. I don’t know what kind of society we live in now, and I no longer have the stamina to be mad as hell. I sure wish we would wise up though. I’m not sure what it’s going to take. Perhaps things can change faster than I think they can… for the better I mean. I’m glad Native Americans are much more organized now than they used to be, but still not enough attention is being paid to what they are saying, and btw, they do speak for an increasing number of Americans who are of European descent.

    • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

      we all come from tribes JS, including the people of Euro heritages. I think there is something ancient that still drums in all people that is the best of kinship relationship with others and with our biosphere, helping us all to remember the holy basis for things, even in a wildly out of control in many ways culture. Hang in there. You are needed. Your calm, your wisdom, even your sorrow, and also your determination like Laertes, to one more time and one more time, take down the sword to go fight again.

      • JSpencer

        Thanks Dr. E. I have no plans to leave the fray, I’m just better focused and less volatile about it these days.

        ” I think there is something ancient that still drums in all people that is the best of kinship relationship with others and with our biosphere, helping us all to remember the holy basis for things, even in a wildly out of control in many ways culture.”

        I love that….

    • Alice Propst Sisson

      “I no longer have the stamina to be mad as hell.” Me either!

  • Bob Munck

    Where do Trump and Clinton stand on Native issues?

    I couldn’t care less where Trump stands, on this or anything. For Clinton, I googled the last five words of your text and got quite a bit of information, starting with 1200 words on her web site (Click here). There’s a long list of articles in Native American, national, and local publications.

    That said, it doesn’t answer your specific questions. 1200 words is far too few to get to that level of specificity. A policy statement long enough to do so would be far beyond the tl;dr level. So how do we get those answers?

    By asking the questions of her and her surrogates, of course. The general public in town-hall meetings, journalists (if we can find any) in press conferences, and the moderator and her opponent in debates. There’s not much hope for tonight, any of the other debates, or the press conferences; they will be covering vast amounts of nonsense instead. There may not be any way to present Clinton with those questions in the short time remaining until Election Day.

  • jdledell

    I grew up in Minnesota which is home to a number of native American tribes. My family had a cabin on Lake Mille Lacs, very close to the reservation for the Ojibwe tribe in Central Minnesota. During my numerous summers at the cabin, I made friends with a Ojibwe boy my age. His given name was Benny Manypenny – yes that was his name.

    In my times visiting Benny on the reservation I was stunned by the level of poverty. Housing was a ramshackle collection of trailers and wooden buildings, more huts than house. In the 1960’s I could not understand how the entire reservation lacked electricity, running water and indoor plumbing. My last visit with Benny was in the late 1970’s and while he had graduated High School there was a lack of jobs near the reservation.

    I asked Benny why he did not move to the Twin Cities – that’s where the jobs are. He said he would be totally lost in the big cities and would not survive. I got interested in Indian affairs at that point watching my friend, Benny, wasting his life away. A visit to the Red Lake reservation of Chippewa in Northern Minnesota revealed the same listless poverty.

    Native American culture is the glue that holds the tribe together and has to be honored. However, we are wasting a tremendous amount of human capital by not developing commercial/manufacturing capacity near reservations.

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