President Obama, North Dakotans are a gracious and forgiving people and will politely welcome you to our wonderful state on Friday, June 13th.
However, before you give any blustery speeches concerning the wonderful “Nation to Nation” relationship you have with tribal leaders and announce what further moneys and authorities you will bestow upon them – you need to learn facts from those whom his edicts directly affect.
To assist you, we are providing an audio tape of an April 9, 2014, meeting between Spirit Lake tribal members and some of your trusted DC bureaucrats with the BIA and ACF.
Please listen to those who do not have a vested financial interest in increasing tribal government power, and learn real facts about the rampant physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse of tribal members BY OTHER TRIBAL MEMBERS AND EVEN MANY TRIBAL LEADERS before you speak on Friday – and have Honorable Senator Heitkamp listen in as well. For all the fluff about how helpful she has been, she still hasn’t done anything for average tribal members.
This audio concerns abuses at Spirit Lake, but it is well known that Spirit Lake is a microcosm. These abuses are rampant on many reservations because the U.S. Government has set up a system that allows rampant abuse to happen unchecked and without repercussion.
Please, President Obama, STOP supporting corrupt tribal leaders and corrupt systems. STOP pretending all is okay in Indian Country. STOP pretending that by giving corrupt tribal leaders more power over tribal members, all will become well.
START realizing that more power given to tribal leaders means less freedom, safety and constitutional rights for tribal members.
Every time power to tribal leaders is increased, tribal members – U.S. citizens – are robbed of civil freedoms under the constitution of the United States.
Please, President Obama, WAKE UP to the fact that 75% of tribal members DO NOT live in Indian Country* – and many have deliberately left in order to protect their families from crime and corruption.
PLEASE LEARN ABOUT THE ABUSE AND CORRUPTION OF MANY TRIBAL LEADERS AND GOVERNMENTS – AND TAKE A FIRM STAND AGAINST IT. MAKE A GENUINE DIFFERENCE.
*According to the last two U.S. census’.
One: According to the last two U.S. censuses, 75% of tribal members DO NOT live in Indian Country – and many have deliberately taken their children and left in order to protect their families from the rampant crime and corruption.
Two: The abuses at Spirit Lake here in North Dakota are well known, but it is also known that Spirit Lake is just a microcosm of what’s happening on reservations across the country.
Three: These abuses are rampant on many reservations because the U.S. Government has set up a system that allows extensive abuse to occur unchecked and without repercussion.
Four: Many, many times more children leave the reservation system in the company of their parents – who have mass exited – than do children who have been taken into foster care or found a home in adoption. But tribal leaders can’t admit parents are consciously taking their kids out of Indian Country in attempt to get them away from the reservation system and corrupt leaders. It makes a better sound bite to blame it on evil social services.