Editor's Comments - August 1, 2014

Sitting here this morning I was pondering how many issues Indian Country is dealing with presently. It's a never ending battle. As I read various articles and opinions I am sometimes amazed that so many of the issues that folks take on are minute compared to the bigger battle. We are fighting for our sovereignty, our right to determine our own tribal membership without governmental interference, our right to take fee interest lands into trust in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, the right to conduct gaming on trust lands without having to fight federal, state, county and local governmental agencies. The courts want to deprive us of our Indian children and are attempting to erode the true intent of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Everyone wants to fight us, but they love our gaming contributions which have sustained most governmental entities.

The list of important issues could be discussed endlessly. Face it, Indian Country will fight these types of battles forever. How come states don't have to work with us as an interested party to construct a gaming operation? I think those states that engage in gaming should either share with us, or we should cease from sharing our gaming wealth with them. Stop and think about it. The true purpose of the ICWA was to protect our children from being ripped out of our arms, taken from us, and given to a non-Indian family so they can feel fulfilled and then all the while we cry for our children. Nobody cares about that as long as it's an Indian child.

What am I saying? This is going to get me in trouble. Well, no. I am going to keep my mouth shut. But we need to focus on the big picture and when we achieve that, the lesser things will be taken care of. Think about that.

Roundhouse Talk Editor - Jay Daniels

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Big California raid targets marijuana grown on tribal land

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Wyandotte Tribe agrees with dismissal of lawsuit over land

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Attorney General Strange takes Poarch Creek Indians dispute to federal appeals court

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Editor’s Comments – August 1, 2014

Editor’s Comments – August 1, 2014

Sitting here this morning I was pondering how many issues Indian Country is dealing with presently. It’s a never ending battle. As I read various articles and…

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Keystone XL

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