Skip to comments.Democrats, Tribal Leaders Unveil Native American Policy Recommendations
Posted on 07/15/2005 6:41:29 PM PDT by kingu
For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 13, 2005
CONTACT: Jim Manley or Fabiola Rodríguez-Ciampoli, 202-224-2939
DEMOCRATS, TRIBAL LEADERS UNVEIL NATIVE AMERICAN POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
The Document Will Guide Democrats Work on Behalf of Indian Country
WASHINGTON, DC- Today tribal leaders from across the nation joined Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Senator Byron Dorgan, Ranking Member of the Indian Affairs Committee, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Chair Hillary Clinton, and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) to unveil the 2005 Indian Country Policy Recommendations for the 109th Congress. The policy recommendations focus on five major priorities: 1) Trust Reform, Land and Natural Resources, 2)Health Care, 3)Education, 4)Housing, Infrastructure and Economic Development, and 5)Justice, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security.
The recommendations contained in this document will serve as a blueprint to steer our work on behalf of Indian Country, said Senator Reid. Nobody knows the challenges that Indian tribes face better than you do. Your input and guidance will ensure that we can create the programs and develop legislation that best reflects the needs of Indian Country.
I am proud of the work that we have been doing in the Indian Affairs Committee in this Congress and I am extremely grateful for all the time and effort that the people in this room have invested in producing this document, said Senator Dorgan. We initiated this collaborative effort so that we could hear directly from Indian Country about the issues of greatest concern and how Congress can better address them.
Last fall Senate Democrats convened over 150 tribal leaders for the first ever Senate Democratic Native American Forum. The policy discussions held at the Forum established five working groups comprised of tribal leaders and advocates. The recommendations unveiled today are the result of months of collaborative work by many leaders across Indian Country.
For over a century, the United States has acted as trustee of the lands, resources and funds held in trust for Indian tribes, and for individual Indians. The U.S. has organized and administered the trust assets poorly. The recommendations include requiring the Administration to consult with tribes on all decisions impacting their land and natural resources, including use and disposition of tribal and individual Indian water rights.
While the federal government has committed to provide health care to Native Americans, it is failing to fulfill his obligation. The document recommends increasing funding for the Indian Health Service to the level necessary to meet the federal governments responsibility to provide quality health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN).
When it comes to education, culturally relevant programs and adequate yearly progress are particular areas of concern. Among other things, the recommendations call for amending the No Child Left Behind Act to address problems specific and unique to Indian Country, including the incorporation of culturally based education strategies.
To address the significant need of adequate housing in Indian Country, the tribal leaders recommended that the Senate supports efforts to increase housing funding to AIAN, enact legislation that improves the federal housing programs and support the policy of self determination. In addition, the Senate should ensure that the Department of Housing and Urban Development appropriately implements its Tribal Consultation Policy.
Among the recommendations for justice, law enforcement and homeland security, the tribal leaders called for Congress to provide funding to support a sufficient number of tribal police officers in Native American communities, ensure personnel are provided with adequate equipment for safety and communication, and ensure law enforcement officials have access to important information, such as criminal databases.
To obtain a copy of the complete recommendations, please contact the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee at (202) 224-9048.
And were it not for Reagan's Indian Gaming Reglatory Act, there wouldn't be that money either. Since President Bush took office, American Indian health care has recieved a 75% increase in funding, yet no one wonders why with all this extra funding services are being cut.
I hate this cheap pandering.
"... recommends increasing funding for the Indian Health Service..."
"...including the incorporation of culturally based education strategies."
"...recommended that the Senate supports efforts to increase housing funding to AIAN."
"...called for Congress to provide funding to support a sufficient number of tribal police officers in Native American communities."
Democrat strategy to buy votes: Throw money at it, inject political correctness, throw money at it, and throw money at it. Soooo typical.
This should be rich. I'm sure all those indians can't wait to get their free abortions, and I'm sure these Democrats can find someone to teach them how to use condoms. And, I just know the tribes are excited about bestowing marriage rights to indian homosexuals. They can look forward to turning all their firearms as well. Heck, I'll bet there's an organizing movement going on in San Francisco as I write, so they can send trainers to all the reservations.
...address problems specific and unique to Indian Country, including the incorporation of culturally based education strategies.
Okay, now wait just a dad gum minute!!! The Blacks want to go to white schools, the whites have to be bused somewhere's else but we have to cater, pander, cajole, and sympathize (er in their terms STRATEGIZE) with a SPECIFIC CULTURE????? Oh G** this really frosts me. If you don't like where ya freaking live MOVE OUT!!!! They already have their own governments, their own laws, their own courts, their own revenues, their own land, their own MINIERAL RIGHTS!!!!!
About 90 percent Indians vote for the Democrats and never take the time to ask themselves, Gee, this is the same promises they gave us last time, and the time before that and etc. etc. I am ashamed for my people for being so stupid. The Republicans are the only ones who have ever come across with anything of substance for them but they are so brainwashed that they can't even see it.
Of course when you see some of the Indian bashing that I've seen on Free Republic at times in the past, I guess you can't blame them for voting for the other guys. It really hurts me to see Indian bashing on F.R. as I am conservative but you can't win more souls over with that kind of thinking.
It is lucky in a way the Indians have discovered the "Casino", as they can finally build themselves up without the Government jumping in. And after all, autonomy is why there were reservations in the first place. That and a safer way of not catching a stray bullet.
That's funny. I'm from Oklahoma so I'm quite familiar with the tribes there. Alaska, I'm not. But, from what I've read and seen, the tribes in Alaska want to be self supporting and don't want the government butting into their affairs, as has happened in the lower 48.
The entire indian situation in American is a disgrace, IMHO, and pandering further to extend dependency on the federal government is not a good plan in any shape or form. This is a disaster waiting to happen and it's going to boil over someday when a solution won't be as easy as it would be had it been addressed earlier.
Typically, the Democrats are positioning themselves for short-term political gain without thinking through their consequences or doing what's best for the country.
Understood, and I agree. The casino money is another symptom of what's going go blowup someday. Democrats have screwed the indians over and over for years, and those poor idiots just keep coming back for more. Smart ones I know take the money and run, laughing all the way to the bank.
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