-Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit
Maybe Elizabeth Warren can get 1/32 of it (Yeah, I know- Cherokee, not Sioux) and Ward Churchill…well…nevermind:
South Dakota’s Black Hills, home to the granite faces carved into Mt. Rushmore, should be restored as Native American tribal lands, a United Nations official recently said.
James Anaya, a U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, completed a fact-finding mission on Friday that included meetings with a number of Native American tribal leaders as well as White House officials. His investigation led him to suggest that the United States take additional steps to repair the nation’s legacy of oppression against Native Americans.
[James Anaya] met with representatives of indigenous peoples in the District of Columbia, Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Washington State, South Dakota, and Oklahoma. He also met with U.S. government officials.
“I have heard stories that make evident the profound hurt that indigenous peoples continue to feel because of the history of oppression they have faced,” Anaya said in a statement issued by the U.N. human rights office in Geneva.
That oppression, he said, has included the seizure of lands and resources, the removal of children from their families and communities, the loss of languages, violation of treaties, and brutality, all grounded in racial discrimination.
Anaya welcomed the U.S. decision to endorse the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 and other steps the government has taken, but said more was needed. His findings will be included in a final report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council. While not binding, the recommendations carry moral weight that can influence governments.
“It is clear that this history does not just blemish the past, but translates into present day disadvantage for indigenous peoples in the country,” Anaya said.
“There have still not been adequate measures of reconciliation to overcome the persistent legacies of the history of oppression, and that there is still much healing that needs to be done,” he said.
“Past uncontrolled and irresponsible extractive activities, including uranium mining in the Southwest, have resulted in the contamination of indigenous peoples’ water sources and other resources, and in numerous documented negative health effects among Native Americans,” he said.
He said indigenous peoples feel they have too little control over geographic regions considered sacred to them, like the San Francisco Peaks in Arizona and the Black Hills in South Dakota. Anaya suggested such lands should be returned to Native peoples.
“Securing the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands is of central importance to indigenous peoples’ socioeconomic development, self-determination, and cultural integrity,” Anaya said.
“Continued efforts to resolve, clarify, and strengthen the protection of indigenous lands, resources, and sacred sites should be made,” he added.
Mount Rushmore, a popular tourist attraction, is located in the Black Hills, which the Sioux tribe consider to be sacred and have territorial claims to based on an 1868 treaty. Shortly after that treaty was signed, gold was discovered in the region. U.S. Congress eventually passed a law taking over the land.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1980 that the seizure of the land was illegal and ordered the government to pay compensation. But the Sioux rejected the money and has continued to demand the return of the now public lands.
Are Native Americans still being oppressed? Are they a separate people from the rest of America? At what point in history do we let go and move on? A generation? 100 years? 200 years? A millennium? Never? To always hold grudges and claim victimhood for one’s situation today due to what happened to one’s ancestors, generations removed? And what of those Americans of “oppressed ancestry” who are currently experiencing great prosperity in today’s America? Who have benefited because of the course America took- good and bad, just and unjust- in its formulation?
In the case of Japanese-Americans receiving compensation for internment, that I can understand and am more sympathetic to, because those directly affected are still around.
With upwards of 70% unemployment on two Sioux reservations in South Dakota, Hot Air points out:
The report goes on for paragraph after paragraph about proposed plans based on the concept of systemic racism against indigenous people, but it does also manage to touch on one issue which is very real.
Anaya visited an Oglala Sioux reservation where the per capita income is around $7,000 a year, less than one-sixth of the national average, and life expectancy is about 50 years.
The two Sioux reservations in South Dakota – Rosebud and Pine Ridge – have some of the country’s poorest living conditions, including mass unemployment and the highest suicide rate in the western hemisphere with an epidemic of teenagers killing themselves.
“You can see they’re in a somewhat precarious situation in terms of their basic existence and the stability of their communities given that precarious land tenure situation. It’s not like they have large fisheries as a resource base to sustain them. In basic economic terms it’s a very difficult situation. You have upwards of 70% unemployment on the reservation and all kinds of social ills accompanying that. Very tough conditions,” he said.
Conditions on many of the reservations are indeed horrible. There are some exceptions, of course, among some in the Northwest with ocean access and others with casinos, but many of the tribal lands are simply desolate pools of poverty. If there is anything to the questions being raised by the UN, though, it is likely to be found less in some sort of nebulous cure for any sort of endemic racism than in the technicalities of a court of law.
The United States has indeed made many treaties with Native Americans spanning three centuries. Some were honored, (at least in part) but many were either ignored or crafted in patently unfair ways.
Everyone’s ancestors (let aside the possibility of immediate family members) at some point in time and in history has suffered injustices and oppression at the hands of some invading tribe or army, pillaging, raping, conquering. What is the practical solution to righting the wrongs of the past? The U.S. government is still around but the people involved on both sides of the equation are long gone. When do you cut your losses and say, “Time to move on” and quit blaming your circumstances on what happened centuries ago?
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.
You are right on all points. The Cherokee Nation had evolved to the level of having a formal system of government, they developed a judicial system based on their morals and ethics (mainly because of business transactions and treaties with Europeans, and they had a printed newspaper in the Cherokee language, which was and still is the only newspaper ever printed in a Native American language. The Europeans during the 16th – 19th century believed anything they didn’t define as being “christian” was of “devil” therefore forbidden by God which of coarse was and is insanely wrong.
Larry-Cherokee [Eastern Band]
yes so much damages where done by those EUROPEANS COMING TO IMPOSE THEIR RADICAL IGNORANCE AND BECAUSE OF PROPAGANDA THEY WHERE TOLD OF THE FIRST NATIONS OF THIS AMERICA.
again they where not the majority but they where in position to want the extermination of the INDIANS,
BECAUSE THEY WHERE AFRAID AND THE FEAR WAS THE MAIN FACTOR, they sometimes supported their convictions, with some attacks from some of the TRIBES SEEKING TO REPEL THE INVADERS WHICH WHERE ATTACKING THEIR OWN, ALSO FOLLOWING THEIR MIND SET AGAIN THAT THE INDIANS WHERE AN INFERIOR BREED OF HUMANS,
THE TRAGIC DEMONS OF THE HUMANS WHERE THE VIOLENT ONE ARE MISTAKEN FOR THE PROTECTOR AND PUT ON LEADERSHIP ROLE BY THEIR FOLLOWERS, and those are always creating a impact as to the mindset of their supporters as oppose to the benevolent peaceful leaders
the violent radicals BELIEVE THAT PROTECT MEAN TO KILL WHAT AND WHO THEY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND, THEIR TIME ARE SPENT ON VIOLENCE, UNTIL THEY ARE DEFEATED AND KILLED, they did wrong under the cover of CHRISTIANITY, THEY USED IT TO COVER THEIR INDIVIDUAL BEING, BECAUSE THEY HAD CHRISTIANITY AS THEIR BANNER, SO IT WAS KEPT AS THE EXCUSE TO DO THEIR CRIMES
BUT AS TIME WENT TO TODAY WE STILL HAVE SOME OF THOSE CRIMINALS AROUND ONLY AIMING AT CREATING CHAOS, but the majority are not of that breed of insane radical mind, here in AMERICA, AND THE CHRISTIAN ARE NOT IN ANY WAY THE SAME AS THOSE, THEY ARE MESSENGER OF PEACE, NOT CRIMES AGAINST OTHER,
because the FIRST NATIONS SEEKING PEACE FOR THEIR OWN GAVE IN THEIR LAND AND SUBMIT TO ACCEPT THE FLOW OF IMMIGRANT ARRIVAL BY SO MANY, THE VILAIN HAD CHANGE FACE AND COLOR, AND TAKING THE SPACE OF ALL THEY CLAIM THEIR OWN, WE CAN SEE IT AGAIN TODAY FROM THE BORDERS, THEY HAVE COUNTED 150 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES IN THOSE ARRIVAL ILLEGALLY ALLOWED BY THE OBAMA GOVERNMENT,
AND NOW IT’S IRONY OF THE TIME ,THAT IS THE PEOPLE WHO REJECT THEM AS EVIL AND CRIMINAL, A FULL CIRCLE OF THE TIMES IS IN IT. AND WE SEE DISTURBANCES ALL OVER SO TO
KEEP THE SPACE THEY EACH HAVE AND MUST FIGHT TO KEEP IT, FROM THE NEW INVADERS,
I personally think that there is enough, even too much humans in this AMERICA AS WE SPEAK,
AND THAT’S ONE OF THE PROBLEM NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY ENOUGH, which is rampant like a snake will bite
if they wait too late to confront it, hopefully it’s the bad one which will be killed instead of the new babies aborted with those pills gone wild
BEST TO YOU
@Larry – Cherokee (Eastern Band): Whenever I hear certain groups whining about how they deserve reparations, one of the first things I bring up is the plight of the Indians in this country. They migrated here long before anyone else during the last Ice Age. They didn’t come here because their ancestors sold them into slavery, a fact usually forgotten by the reparations crowd. Nor did they come here illegally. They also contributed something to the success of the early settling of this country by the Europeans. Despite all that, like you said, they are the ones who are continuosly ignored.
@Larry – Cherokee (Eastern Band): Come to think of it, a lot of those lands that were given to the Indians have been found to have valuable resources on them. If this country decides to begin making use of its own resources, those reservations should prosper. Given that the original reason those lands were chosen was because they were thought to have been undesirable, that would be poetic justice!
@Larry – Cherokee (Eastern Band): #49
I guess Obama would make a lousy Cherokee.
I noticed that when the world leaders lined up for their G8 pictures, our Showoff-and-Chief had to do his usual attention grabbing wave, as if to say, “Look at me. I am the main attraction here.” He just can’t stand to let a group be the attention, even when it involves countries going broke.
Larry- Cherokee [Eastern Band]
in case the comment from the other POST doesn’t reach you,
I said there will be a big huge POW-WOW IN MIRAMICHI, INCLUDING THE FISHERMAN,
AND MANY TRIBES FROM ALL OVER AMERICA, NOW FROM TODAY TILL X DAY,