Sunday August 4, 2013, 9:29 am
In other words, Obama pulled the rug out from tribal leaders who should have attended by not inviting them.
I'm sorry, but this was a morally, ethically low act by this president.
Sunday August 4, 2013, 7:20 pm
Noted. The other day I saw on TV the history of the Wounded Knee protests and how tribal leaders were treated with disregard and disrespect. Nothing seems to have changed in the way the American Government treats the American Indian Nations. This is a crying shame.
Sunday August 4, 2013, 8:05 pm
Yeah, why should they be? In today's politics the standard is to disallow the presence of anyone affected by any investigation or bill. I mean, if women can't have input on abortion why should the Bureau of Indian Affairs allow actual representatives of Native Americans input? It's only fair to disenfranchise anyone who might challenge your prejudgement?
Sunday August 4, 2013, 8:10 pm
Reading this it's not clear if Obama has any real part in what happened, as he took their ideas and gave them to the council which apparently took them seriously, but if he isn't to blame for the way this presented, he should have spoken up about it before it happened, that is, he should have ordered them to bring in tribal leaders.
Sunday August 4, 2013, 8:41 pm
Hopefully the tribal delegates and chiefs realized what a joke the whole thing was when they found out Sally Jewell was heading it, and were ultimately glad their time wasn't wasted.
Monday August 5, 2013, 12:41 am
Agreed Sue H and so many others, it is a shame that governments cannot wake up and include Native leaders at the table as being there is person is crucial. This also happens in Canada with First Nations, the Metis and Inuit as well as so many other nations where Native peoples are often ignored or marginalized. Obviously it is business as usual.
Mercy B, dropping spam into a serious subject is insensitive but obviously spammers care little about that and you are being flagged for spamming. For those flagging, her profile is hidden so don't bother going there to flag as well.
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:32 am
Native people , the rightful owners of the land, in many countries are treated with distain, disrespect and and tarnished as "undesirables" to say the least ... In this age of "enlightenment" one would hope those in authority would try to address the wrongs of the past but history just keeps on repeating itself. ....Steal their land... steal their rights .... steal their reputations ..... The "white man" has a lot to be ashamed off.
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:31 pm
Not surprised at the appalling behavior. Looks like the same behavior when dealing with Women issues as well. When will the President learn that making decisions in a vacuum is never a good policy?
Monday August 5, 2013, 1:48 pm
Change always takes time hey, so what's new, Obamas Mantra while campaigning was "YES WE CAN" so with support, shame there's no petition on this, let's hope that we can make that change.... "YES WE CAN." :) With Hope. Thanx Cal for all your news stories :) Keep em coming
Monday August 5, 2013, 3:47 pm
I'm leaning towads agreeing with Robert K about Obama setting it up but possibly not knowing the details until after the meeting was over, if then. The President has his fingers in many places and isn't able to be all places at once. That said , he really should have kept better track of this particular meeting, precisely because Native Americans have been treated so shabbily by most administrations...and people in general.
Dale - thank you for flagging Mercy...I flagged her twice last night. Also got a few of those Asian spammers.
Also would like to see a petition about including Native Americans in All issues concerning them...also including them in whatever affects the country - they are part of this country, here before any of our ancestors. They should have representation in both houses of Congress also...Wouldn't that frost the B**ts of the GOP/TP?
Noted and Thank You.