According to informed sources, the NAACP adopted this resolution at their summer conference in Kansas City, Mo.
1. NAACP Support of Native American Indians
WHEREAS, the history of the Native American Indians is intertwined with that of African-Americans; and
WHEREAS, during slavery, the Native American Indian nations provided safe havens for run-away slaves; and
WHEREAS, the African-American and Native American Indian have faced the same or similar discrimination and bigotry in America; and
WHEREAS, Native American Indians have participated in, and fought alongside African-Americans during the civil rights movement for equality of all people; and
WHEREAS, the poverty rate and unemployment rate for Native American Indians are higher than that of any ethnic group in America; and
WHEREAS, the illiteracy rate for Native American Indians is higher than that of any ethnic group in America; and
WHEREAS, the majority of Americans are unaware of the extremely poor living conditions most Native American Indians live in.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP is committed to immediately help publicize the plight of Native Americans; and, that the NAACP further highlight this issue during its National Convention in Los Angeles in 2011, and at the 2011 Image Awards Ceremony.
At first blush, that sounds like tremendous news, a renowned civil rights organization coming to the aid of another group. Yet all is not as it seems. There should be some serious reflection by the NAACP as to what they are going to "publicize".
Let's look at a few Whereases:
Whereas, Slavery: And what about tribes like the Cherokee that OWNED slaves? The Cherokee dragged their slaves on the "Trail of Tears". They are currently mistreating their slaves descendents, hey NAACP, ever hear of the FREEDMEN? Shouldn't you call out the Five Civilized Tribes? And the Freedmen just got screwed in the Cobell Settlement.
Whereas, Civil Rights Struggle: Yet, after that struggle for equality, they have turned on their own people and violated some tribal members, and others civil rights including apartheid like tactics. Should each tribe that has done so be called out as a separate sovereign nation? Should the NAACP be accepting funds from tribes that have done so? We know the CA NAACP has taken money from Pechanga, which is well known to have violated their people's civil rights. And Alice Huffman KNEW about the rights violations.
Whereas, poor living conditions: That's because many of CA tribes have not fullfilled their promise to lift all Indians, and in fact are trying to keep many tribes from benefitting from gaming in CA.
Whereas, Poverty & Unemployment: Gaming tribes in CA have sent their own people into poverty and have terminated many from employment in tribal enterprises. The Pechanga Tribe alone has stolen $280,000,000 for terminated members, more if you include those who rightfully belong, who are kept out via a moratorium. The Redding Rancheria terminated 25% of their tribe and the Picayune Rancheria almost 50%, equal to 15 million Californians. Enough yet to give you pause, NAACP?
Is the NAACP doing it for the money? Or can they stand up for Native Americans who have been wrong by Native Americans.
NAACP you stood up for people AGAINST APARTHEID in South Africa, PLEASE, DO NOT STAND UP FOR people who practice apartheid in America.