Skip to comments.Obama visit ‘totally a photo op,’ child welfare activists say
Posted on 06/16/2014 2:34:04 PM PDT by PoloSec
President Obama made the welfare of Native American children a theme during his recent visit to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, but two child welfare activists say the federal government has failed to protect those children.
I understand that the Lakota word for children wakanyeja comes from the word wakan sacred, President Obama told the attendees of a pow-wow event in Cannon Ball on Friday. Thats what young people are theyre sacred. Theyre sacred to your families and theyre sacred to your tribe, and theyre sacred to this nation.
But Betty Jo Krenz, a former employee of the Spirit Lake Tribe near Devils Lake in North Dakota, says the federal government is turning its back on Native American children.
Its a bad place, Krenz says of the states reservations. Its a scary place to live. For some reason our government has chosen to overlook that.
The Spirit Lake reservation has seen numerous reports of child abuse and deaths over the past two years, and many accuse the tribe and the federal government of failing to protect children there.
The recurring deaths and child abuse cases on Spirit Lake are unacceptable, North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer told the Jamestown Sun. Clearly the current system is failing our children.
Krenz was invited by Cramer, a Republican, to address a hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian Affairs later this month. She says rather than bring Obama to North Dakota the federal government should have paid to bring Native American children to testify before Congress.
[U.S. Sen.] Heidi Heitkamp wants to show Obama and Michelle this wonderful and beautiful show, and granted these pow-wows are wonderful, but it would have been a much better way to spend money to take a plane load of kids from around the country and let them go testify before this committee instead of just us and a few others, she said.
Asked if she felt Obamas visit would make a difference in protecting Native American children, Krenz said absolutely not.
This is their way of saying, Hey look at what we plan on doing for you guys. All they get are promises, and in the end the kids pay the price, she said. I get emails daily from people begging for help on the reservation, but what can I do?
Elizabeth Morris, chairwoman of the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, says the federal government has been lax in protecting children in Native American communities.
We can see it in the microcosm of Spirit Lake, she said. We can see the children abused. We can see the federal government turn its back on it.
Of Obamas visit to Standing Rock, Morris said its totally a photo-op.
A photo-op for President Obama and Sen. Heitkamp, said Morris. (Heitkamps) supposed bill to help tribal people and help tribal government is really just help for tribal government. Its not help for tribal people.
Morris says Obama was unlikely to have any candid discussions with tribal members during his visit to North Dakota. Hes not going to be talking to anyone the tribal leaders disapprove of, you can be sure of that, she said.
Heitkamp, a Democrat, introduced a bill in the Senate to create a federal Commission on Native Children. It received the unanimous approval of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and awaits a vote of the full Senate.
The Indian Affairs Subcommittee will hold its hearing, Child Protection & the Justice System on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, 2 p.m. June 24.
Well, they can’t call him ‘The Great White Father’......................
Wait , he’s not a Buffalo Soldier
He’s the warm-up act for Lizzie Warren 2016.
Is that why you want to kill them?
Obama is a photo op.
His whole life is fake.
Fauxcahontas and Liawatha.....................
I dunno he buffaloed over 50% of the electorate.
I was and I’m not even black. S-2, 3/10th Cavalry.
The more we “help” the Native Americans, the worse off they seem to be. Funny how that works.
If he wants to visit children, why not go to McAllen or Laredo? I dare him.
“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him; better take a closer look at the American Indian.”
Nobody ever seems to want to point out that if these children are being abused, it’s by adult Indians, generally their parents.
Instead it somehow becomes America’s or Obama’s or the white man’s fault.
They just won’t learn about the governments FORKED TONGUE.
OMG!!! What the HELL does that picture say about America!!! it says “WE ARE PRIMITIVE PEOPLE”!!!!! Geesh...this is embarrassing.
If my kids needed “protection”, the fed gov would be the last entity I’d turn to.
What he is is a Buffalo Shitter!
The Great white-black father.
Obama doesn’t care about Native Americans. They aren’t a big enough voting block. Their only use for democrats is to use them as political tools as required.