Monday, May 2, 2011

Indian Leaders Decry "racist" comment, SILENT of Civil Rights Abuses by Tribes

Indian Country Today has an article up about Tribal leaders up in arms over a perceived "racial" comment by a Maine Commissioner, yet stand silent to civil and human rights abuses by Tribes such as:  Redding, Pechanga, Picayune, Enterprise, Guidiville among others.

Indian country leaders reacted swiftly to the latest outbreak of “the language of savagery”—racist and offensive remarks made by prominent people. This time it occurred in Maine.

Philip Congdon, Maine’s commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, resigned suddenly on April 27 after allegations surfaced that he made offensive and racist statements at a Chamber of Commerce awards banquet in Caribou in Aroostook County, Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) reported. He blamed problems among youth on “bad parents,” education and economic declines on educating African-Americans, and said those who want economic opportunities should “get off the reservation.”

Stand UP..... Leaders, call out those nations that practice Apartheid and abuse their people...


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creeper said...

Indian Country Today should have posted... "if you want to read the truth read in the Original Pechanga blog".

snoqualmie9 said...

A very good reason why the Indian Civil Rights Act needs to be amended - this is a direct quote from a court case in our tribal court, the Snoqualmie Tribal Court released May 1, 2011....Page 70 of the transcript (They are talking about a resolution the Snoqualmie Tribal council passed that bars tribal members from taking any civil action to the tribal court - we cannot take election disputes, membership disputes or any other "political dispute" to the tribal court..........). I have xxx'd out the tribal members names for their privacy - otherwise this is a direct quote from the court case.

MS. JUAREZ: "Your Honor, this is Debora Juarez again. And that resolution is in the record, dated November 13, '10, a general membership resolution, 02-2010, and that's in connection with a tribal court, a tribal council resolution. Just let me finish, because it's very important. When we had filed our habeas corpus brief in federal court in November (2010), obviously Judge Jones felt it was premature, and we had to go back and exhaust tribal remedies. In the interim, tribal council passed a resolution, which I know of no state, federal or tribe has ever done, that nobody can bring any civil matter against the tribal council, or tribal elected officials or officers. So the reason why this is important is because if that is the case, then the xxxxxxxx on the civil matter can't go back to work, they have nothing, they have no recourse. And we are going to use this as evidence that we have exhausted tribal remedies and we can go back to federal court and legitimately share with Judge Jones that the tribe, after not liking the ruling, passed two resolutions that has barred their own citizens from challenging or exercising their constitutional rights against their own elected government. And that, Your Honor, has never been done in any tribe, any federal, in any state court. It's certainly done in some other undemocratic countries, but not here in the United States...."