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Jun 3, 2016

Native Opinion Episode 30

“Decisions Have Consequences”

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First the news. Then the context.

The news is that Deborah Parker has been named to the Democratic National Convention’s Platform Committee. That’s both remarkable and important. She was appointed by Bernie Sanders.

As Nicole Willis posted on Facebook: “I am beyond pleased that American Indian and Alaska Native issues are such a high priority for this campaign– so much that one of our platform spots has gone to Deborah Parker!” (Willis is the National Tribal Outreach Director for the Sanders’ campaign.)



What does this mean for Indian country? Well, it could mean good things for Indian country IF everyone follows through, and people are not paying lip service to win the Native vote.

Ms. Parker is respected, knowledgeable

and a forward-looking individual when it comes to Native concerns. Here are some of her accomplishments. 


Ms. Parker, a former vice chairman of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington, was an early supporter of Sanders. Parker has much to offer any platform committee. First, she understands and can communicate the relationship between tribes and the federal government and what might be possible in terms of improvement. Second, Parker was a critical voice in the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act. She adds expertise and credibility


Article 2: 


Tribal leaders call for return of remains, sacred items before auction

By Emily Zentner | Cronkite News

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Native Americans protest planned auction in France of sacred objects and human remains

By Peggy McGlone May 24



What are people thinking? Wait! I know! It USED to belong to Indians. They don’t exist any longer. WRONG! We do still exist.
It is a common practice for non-Natives to sell articles that used to belong to their ancestors. I am not surprised they have no respect for the ancestors of Natives. Many cultures (European cultures come to mind), have no respect for other cultures, especially Native American culture(s).  As, Mr. Bradley Marshall of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council states, he called the auction “deplorable” and said “items are living beings that belong to their communities. When we create objects we are in prayer, and a spirit goes into them,” he said. “They are part of our families.”


Title:  State Department report slams Clinton email use

By Ryan Browne and Evan Perez, CNN

Updated 6:23 PM ET, Wed May 25, 2016


A State Department Inspector General report said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to follow the rules or inform key department staff regarding her use of a private email server, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Wednesday.




Hillary Clinton failed to follow State Department rules involving her email servers. I am not surprised she failed to follow the rules. Positions of power sometimes lead to the assumption of “the rules don’t apply to me.” Clinton has failed to disclose that minor detail about her not following the Department rules. I am not sure she is not the only person to not follow the Department email rules, but she IS the only one running for the office of the President of the United States. I believe that is a detail she should have cleared up before deciding to run for office, again, and a problem that should disqualify her from running.


Title: Hillary Clinton fired for lies, unethical behavior

  Dan Calabrese June 13, 2013, at 10:14am




The article, although a reprint, warrants discussion. Why? Because it helps to substantiate, Clinton’s track record of not telling the truth. Here are a couple of quotes from one of her former supervisors, Jerry Zeifman, a now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, and a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. 


“Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.” Why? “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”


Title:   Michelle Obama to SFIS grads: ‘Our world needs you’

By Robert Nott The New Mexican 27 May, 2016 Updated 3 hours ago




The First Lady was the keynote speaker at the Santa Fe Indian School in Northern New Mexico. I was able to attend that event, via a live podcast. The First Lady was, as always a down to earth speaker who was able to relate to her audience. Mrs. Obama received a gracious welcome as only Indian country can provide. Her comments were well-received by those who attended the ceremony of the graduating class of 2016. Congratulations to all of the Santa Fe Indian School, graduating class of 2016! To use a phrase the First Lady stated; “Our world needs you.”