Finally, new voices are joining the chorus against the action of disenrollment, which has harmed over 11,000 Native Americans in nearly 80 tribes. Secretary Deb Haaland, Vice President Kamala Harris, CA Governor Gavin Newsom Fawn Sharp, of the NCAI, not so much:
HOW MANY DOES IT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO, to BE WRONG?
HOW HARD IS IT TO SAY, PUBLICLY:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms any actions that violate the civil and human rights of Indigenous people, including stripping them of their citizenship and stealing their rightful per capita payments. These actions are not only unethical, but they also violate the fundamental principles of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.
We stand in solidarity with those who have been affected by these actions and call for justice, healing, and reconciliation for all Indigenous people. It is our hope that all tribes will work towards solutions that prioritize the values of Indigenous communities, including cultural identity, sovereignty, and community membership, and ensure that the rights and well-being of their people are protected and respected.
We call on policymakers, advocacy groups, and all stakeholders to engage in discussions and work together to address this issue in a way that is respectful of Indigenous sovereignty and human rights. Together, we can work towards a future where all Indigenous people are able to live with dignity, respect, and justice.
Until the leaders of tribes across the country step up and acknowledge the horrific damage that is occurring in Indian country, the genocide of our elders and future generations will continue unabated. This is not a problem that should be swept under the rug or ignored, as it strikes at the very heart of what it means to be human.