Tuesday, June 6, 2017

National Indian Gaming Commission FAILURES ARE A THREAT TO TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY

ABJECT FAILURE as a
Commission

HAROLD MONTEAU writes in INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY  AGAIN about the failures of the NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION 

The greatest threat to tribal sovereignty is the failure of tribes to abide by the laws they have made to govern themselves when the application of those laws do not give individuals or governing bodies the result they desire. Observing the Rule of Law only when it suits your needs or desires is actually lawlessness. It is no excuse that we live in a country whose government has been drifting into lawlessness powered by the corrupting influence of money. Tribal nations need to rise above and set and keep a higher standard.
These are dangerous times for Indian tribes with tribal sovereignty and sovereign immunity under fire, sometimes because of abuses by the tribes themselves. Employing tribal sovereign immunity to victimize and disenroll tribal members is just one of those abuses, sometimes aided by the inaction of the Federal trustee which has trust obligations to Indian tribes and their aggregate individual Indian members.
Like the rest of Indian Country, I have followed with interest how a small faction of Nooksack ‘leadership,’ and its non-Indian and Indian surrogates, have gutted the entire Nooksack Tribal Government and Tribal Courts in the process of disenrolling about 300 Nooksack Indians from the tribe, in an attempt to maintain control by what is known as the Holdover Council. After a long history of having turned its back on thousands of disenrolled Indians and flouting its trust responsibility to disenrolled Indians for decades, the United States has finally said enough is enough. It will not recognize a tribal decision to disenroll some 300 tribal members by a tribal council sitting in violation of its own constitution and laws.

READ the full article a the link above and more about the NIGC HERE
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