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Jul 4, 2016

Native Opinion Episode 35

  “Native Burden”

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 Sally Jewel Addresses NCAI General Assembly

Audio Source: National Native News



Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013.


As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation's lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Jewell spent 19 years as a commercial banker, first as an energy and natural resources expert and later working with a diverse array of businesses that drive our nation's economy. Trained as a petroleum engineer, Jewell started her career with Mobil Oil Corp. in the oil and gas fields of Oklahoma and the exploration and production office in Denver, Colo. where she was exposed to the remarkable diversity of our nation's oil and gas resources.



Bernie Sanders addresses NCAI General Assembly

Audio Source: National Native News


Manning: Pushing Back Against Racist War Cry Mockery
Sarah Sunshine Manning 7/1/16


While many Americans today are boldly leaning into social consciousness, other pockets of American society remain stubbornly swathed in the white supremacist cloaks of 1950 – an era when racism and bigotry were the celebrated norm.

Enter, Boston-based radio show host, Howie Carr, who recently opened up a Donald Trump rally in Bangor, Maine, with an all-too American mockery of Native Americans while referencing Elizabeth Warren, who claims Cherokee ancestry, And the crowd loved it. Men turn toward each other laughing in amusement, while someone in the crowd even cheers with a loud whistle of support. A racist rally is a good ol’ time for those Trump Republicans.

But let’s just be clear – this particular critique of yet another charade at the Trump circus isn’t about Trump the Clown or his clown accomplice, Howie Carr. Nor is this critique about Elizabeth Warren, who has failed to adequately address her questionable Native American identity.

Instead, this critique is about the hand-over-mouth mockery and the degree of complicity behind it at the recent Trump rally, which is indicative of a much greater social problem – accepted racism, bigotry, and more specifically, the long-standing history of dehumanizing and demeaning Native Americans, while the masses stand by, complicit, and often amused.




Theodore Roosevelt: ‘The Only Good Indians Are the Dead Indians’

Alysa Landry 6/28/16

Editor’s note: Voters this year will elect the 45th president of the United States. This is the 26th in a series of 44 stories exploring past presidents’ attitudes toward Native Americans, challenges and triumphs regarding tribes, and the federal laws and Indian policies enacted during their terms in office.

When Theodore Roosevelt took office in 1901, he already had a long legacy of animosity toward American Indians.

Seventeen years earlier, Roosevelt, then a young widower, left New York in favor of the Dakotas, where he built a ranch, rode horses and wrote about life on the frontier. When he returned to the east, he famously asserted that “the most vicious cowboy has more moral principle than the average Indian.”

Roosevelt’s seven and a half years in office were marked by his support of the Indian allotment system, the removal of Indians from their lands and the destruction of their culture. 

In his first message to Congress, in December 1901, Roosevelt called the General Allotment Act “a mighty pulverizing engine to break up the tribal mass.” Under the act, passed in 1887, more than 60,000 Indians had already become citizens, but “the effort should be to steadily make the Indian work like any other man on his own ground,” Roosevelt said.

“In my judgment the time has arrived when we should definitely make up our minds to recognize the Indian as an individual and not as a member of a tribe,” he said. “The Indian should be treated as a individual—like the white man.”

But Indians were not equal to whites, Roosevelt told Congress. Although he viewed education as a vehicle of assimilation, Roosevelt stressed that Indian education should be “elementary and largely industrial,” and that the need of higher education was “very, very limited.”




Trumps War On Natives


Over the past few months, we have been telling you that Donald Trump is no friend to Indian Country.  He has consistently demonstrated that he is no friend to minorities as a whole.  But tonight we are going to focus a bit on Indian country, and what we feel are concrete examples of why many native people feel this way. 


But some people may be wondering why suddenly there is this surge of Trump attacks against native people?  Many people only know Donald Trump though his Television show “The Apprentice”. Others only know him as New York Business man.  But myself, I know Donald J Trump because of his dealings with close tribal relatives of mine.  Relatives that Donald Trump sought to exploit. You see, shortly after the opening of Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is owned and operated by my tribe, the Mashantucket Pequots , other tribes here in Connecticut were also pursuing Federal Recognition.  In fact, they had been pursuing federal recognition just as long as my tribe had.

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Additional Links from this Episode:

Elizabeth Warren's Minority Status via Employment History

What is the definition of “Minorities”?