Sunday, March 29, 2015

Federal Lawmakers Want to Delay NEW RULES on Federal Recognition; Who needs More Indians Right?

House Natural Resources committees want the BIA to take more time on their changing of the rules for Federal recognition...
We are concerned that the Department’s proposed rules fail to address many of the issues that have been identified and could create new problems that lead to unintended and unjustifiable outcomes,” the lawmakers wrote.
One of the more controversial changes is a new requirement that tribes demonstrate political authority since 1934, where they previously had to show continuity from “historical times.”
Supporters of the rule change say it helps to remove unfair burdens. Advocates say that some tribes have been denied recognition because records were lost or burned over hundreds of years, and any tribe that was still together by 1934 had overcome histories of mistreatment.
The letter urges the Interior Department to hold off on putting out final regulations until issues with recognition can be evaluated more thoroughly. The other congressional members who signed the letter are Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, and Rep. Mike Thompson, a California Democrat.

5 comments:

Luiseno said...

"Who needs more Indian Rights"?

We need to have the ones we have now, enforced. Human Rights do NO GOOD if they can be laughed at and ignored by those corrupt leaders who are now in power.

Anonymous said...

I just read an article about Indian Tribes not allowing Gay people to marry, and live together. But I guess its ok to allow Tribal Governments to abuse its members.

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Anonymous said...

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