Thursday, August 9, 2012

BIA: Many in your Tribe will DIE, before you are Recognized. Thank You Congress

Congresss passes a law to make it easier for tribes to attain recognition, then FAILS those tribes by not recognizing them?    And they make changes to recognition, so that other Natives can be excluded?  The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians were recognized at the Temecula Band of Indians.  How is it they got to change their name and there are tribes still waiting in the process?

Years after the Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Virginia filed a petition for federal acknowledgment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in 1996, the then-head of the agency told a group of tribal members that many of them wouldn’t live long enough to see their tribe officially recognized.

 At a hearing last month, Chickahominy Chief Stephen Adkins told the members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, “This proved to be prophetic of several of the tribal chiefs and other tribal members who attended that meeting in 1999 have been buried since then,” he said. The Chickahominy Tribe, which has been seeking federal acknowledgment for 16 years, is still waiting for a decision, but long waits are the rule, said tribal leaders and Indian law experts representing unrecognized tribes at the Oversight Hearing on Federal Recognition: Political and Legal Relationship between Governments. The hearing’s stated goal was “to examine the process of recognizing tribes through the Administrative and Congressional Processes.”

The panelists variously described the BIA’s Federal Acknowledgment Process (FAP) as broken, long, expensive, burdensome, intrusive, unfair, arbitrary and capricious, less than transparent, unpredictable, and subject to undue political influence and manipulation, and noted that Congress has done little to improve things.
 The administrative process established in 1978 “was intended to streamline federal recognition and make it consistent,” said committee chairman Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). “Unfortunately, that process…has failed to accomplish that goal.… Congress has not recognized a tribe through legislation—can you imagine?—in over a decade!” (Congress recognized the Loyal Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma in 2000.)

 Congress’s apparent reluctance to recognize tribes is baffling in view of the fact that Congress itself passed the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes List Act of 1994, which established that tribes can be federally recognized by an act of Congress, a court ruling or the BIA.

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smokeybear said...

What puzzles me is that these Tribes were here before the whiteman, and they have to be recognized? What does that say about our government? They don't care...They never did!! They were recognized enough to be herded on to "Reservations" then what, Forgotten? The ones that are recognized to date had to ask to be. An act of "Congress" my a..!...."Eagle Eyes."

Anonymous said...

suck it up eagle eyes....its quite evident you are chasing the almighty American eagle just like everyone else....get over it, its all one big game.

smokeybear said...

Anonymous said...
suck it up eagle eyes....its quite evident you are chasing the almighty American eagle just like everyone else....get over it, its all one big game.

And as it stands to date...the
"American Eagle" is "Protected!" They are "Endangered" to the point of "Extinction," as is the "American Indian!" Game over..."Never!" The validation of
"Human Rights Violations," practiced by the "Government(Indian Affairs) and the "Casino Indians," alike, against all rhyme or reason, except for the amount of $$$ they both can gain from doing so. "Birthright and Heritage" means nothing. They have both shown this to be "True!"....
"Eagle Eyes."