Saturday, March 11, 2023

Sovereign Immunity Used as Excuse for Injustice: Bureau of Indian Affairs Fails to Uphold Fiduciary Duty to Protect Native American Citizens

Oh, NO!  He's writing a mean post against (gasp!) tribal sovereign abuse again!  And the henchman at the BIA! (well, okay)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is a shameful disgrace to the United States government. They claim to protect the rights of Indian citizens, yet they ignore illegal acts and racketeering against these very citizens under the guise of "sovereign immunity." This is nothing short of a travesty and a clear violation of their fiduciary duty as government officials.

It is outrageous that the BIA chooses to turn a blind eye to these injustices, effectively condoning them and creating a hostile environment for Indian citizens and the suddenly non citizens. What's worse, these citizens are/were not only members of a sovereign nation, but also United States citizens.

The BIA has a duty to ensure fair treatment for all citizens, not just chiefs and chairmen.

If such civil rights violations were to occur in a foreign country, at least the U.S. citizen would have the support of the U.S. embassy. 

However, Indian citizens are left to fend for themselves, with no protection from the very government that should be safeguarding their rights.  We see that happening now with the Nooksack 306 elders under eviction orders in Washington State.  They are completely ignored by their U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray.

The BIA's failure to fulfill their legal obligation is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling. By ignoring their duty to enrolled tribal members, disenrolled members whose membership was not protected and the Band as a whole, they are complicit in creating an environment where hostile takeovers like Chukchansi can occur.

As we keep saying, the issue of disenrollment and banishment of tribal members is a particularly egregious violation of individual civil rights. This practice is often used to cover up lawlessness and corruption within tribal governments, and it can have devastating consequences for those who are unfairly targeted. Being exiled from one's own community, especially from the sacred grounds of one's ancestors, is a deeply traumatic experience that can leave lasting scars.   And that's lateral violence and continues the historical trauma experience by so many Native people.

This is an absolute disgrace, and the BIA should be ashamed of their blatant disregard for the rights and wellbeing of Indian citizens. Secretary Deb Haaland, take the lead on protecting ALL Native Americans, not just the political donor class

1 comment:

Justfoundout said...

OPechanga old Indian word for Rabble-Rouser!