Thursday, December 17, 2009

Congressional Black Caucus, Watson vs. Felton Newell Tribal Sovereignty and South Africa?

Frequent contributor to Original Pechanga's Blog, Allen L. Lee raises a good point in commenting on a previous post. If the Congressional Black Caucus hadn't created the legistlation to impose sanctions on South Africa, a sovereign nation, Nelson Mandela would still be in jail or dead and apartheid would be alive and well. Felton Newell, running against Rep. Diane Watson, supports the Cherokee Nations brand of Apartheid.

The MORAL OUTRAGE that we showed against South Africa, prodded them to give the civil rights that black South Africans were entitled to. Similarly, we should show the same MORAL OUTRAGE on those SOVEREIGN tribes that have denied civil rights to their people, via disenrollments, terminations and now tribal apartheid.



Permanent Interests: The Expansion, Organization, and Rising Influence of African Americans in Congress, 1971–2007

…Among the CBC’s notable legislative achievements were the passage of the Humphrey–Hawkins Act of 1978 to promote full employment and a balanced budget, the creation in 1983 of a federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and legislation in 1986 that imposed the first sanctions against South Africa’s all-white government for its practice of apartheid…. “
http://baic.house.gov/historical-essays/essay.html?intID=1&intSectionID=10

“…Felton Newell, 38, said he opposes legislation Watson authored in 2007 to cut federal funding to the CN. Watson penned the bill after Cherokee citizens voted to expel all non-Indian citizens from the tribe. The vote affected about 2,800 Cherokee Freedmen. He said he opposes Watson’s interference because he doesn’t believe it’s an issue Congress should be addressing.

“The people of the Cherokee Nation should have the sovereignty to decide for themselves what membership means,” Newell said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the U.S. Congress to be stepping in to dictate to the Cherokee tribe what its definition of membership should be.”
http://www.cherokeephoenix.org/20951/Article.aspx

If Congress and the CBC hadn’t decided to push to “sever” relations with Apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela would still be in jail. Felton Newell shows a serious lack in what a sovereign practice of “Apartheid” or “Jim Crow” really is. Taking money for a manufactured statement doesn’t bode well for his character either. He’s not fit for the job.

Lets try the statement with some editing (OP: Say it out loud to yourself)

The people of the Cherokee or (Republic of South Africa) Nation should have the sovereignty to decide for themselves what membership means,” Newell said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the U.S. Congress to be stepping in to dictate to the Cherokee tribe or(White Afrikaaner tribe) what its definition of membership should be.

Thank YOU Mr. Lee for your contributions to this post.

Now, Mr. Newell, you can support sovereignty and still exercise moral outrage by withholding funds from the Cherokee Nation. Let them celebrate their sovereignty, but not with FEDERAL funds, as Rep. Diane Watson understands.

Similarly, Mr. Newell, tribes in your OWN STATE, like the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, The Redding Rancheria, The Picayune Rancheria, Enterprise Rancheria, Robinson Rancheria, San Pasqual among others have ALL denied civil rights to their members. Do you support that brand of APARTHEID in your own state?


We posted about how to reconcile tribal sovereignty with moral outrage HERE

As mentioned on other sites, tribal sovereignty is something that should be nurtured and cherished. Many now believe that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians from Temecula, CA will be responsible for the quick erosion of sovereignty, that tribes have fought for for centuries.

The question was asked, "what could be done?".

Frankly, economic sanctions of another nation, plus public embarrassment may be the only course of action that is effective. For instance, in South Africa, it was their SOVEREIGN RIGHT as a free nation to impose apartheid on their country.What recourse did civilized countries use to bring down this hateful policy? Economic sanctions and world ridicule of the policy. No trade, no travel, no money. Final result, end of apartheid and a welcome back to South Africa into the world community.
Similarly, citizens of the United States (OP: AND California especially) can impose their own economic sanctions on the Tribal Nation of Pechanga by boycotting their nation. Stop patronizing their casino, hotel, restaurants and their powwows. Let them know that we do not agree with their system of denying civil rights to their people and until they follow their own tribal law, citizens of our country will NOT support their nation, but will patronize (OP:

In other words, support tribal gaming elsewhere) their competitor nations.
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