February 18, 2008

Questions for the candidates

Patrick G. Barkman:  I'm still waiting for an apology• Recently a federal judge ruled that the Interior Department had failed to account for as much as $100 billion supposedly held in trust for more than 100 years for individual Indians for the use of their land. Do you support a fair resolution of this lawsuit and just compensation for the Indians who were swindled by the government that purported to protect them?

• A recent study showed that Indian women are four times more likely than any other ethnic group to be the victims of sexual assault and that their victimizers are, in most cases, non-Indians. One of the reasons for this is that the 1885 Major Crimes Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1978 decision in the Oliphant case stripped tribal courts of the power to try felony offenses and prosecute non-Indians for crimes committed on Indian lands. The U.S. Department of Justice has been abysmally slow to prosecute such cases. Will you push for repeal of the Major Crimes Act and the overturning of Oliphant?

• In 1871, the U.S. Congress unilaterally and unconstitutionally stopped signing treaties with Indian tribes, instituting instead a policy of “agreements” that wouldn’t make the government feel quite so guilty when they later chose to ignore them. Will you as president reinstate the constitutionally mandated treaty relationship between Indian tribes and the U.S. government?

4 comments:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
From the Peanut Gallery: "Sen. Obama, will you pledge increased efforts to find, capture, and imprison, then try, convict, and execute, Osama Bin Laden?"
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

Obama can't do any worse than Bush has done at hunting Bin Laden.

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Like Darth Vader's significance in STAR WARS, Bush's yclept 'War On Terror' would have achieved far less support if the main villain had been captured or killed. How else to explain almost seven years of freedom for the greatest criminal mastermind of the 21st Century? Likely now Osama and D.B. Cooper happily are comparing notes in a well-furbished Pakistani cave of their choice...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

Yes, it's too bad Bush decided to invade Iraq rather than continue fighting terrorism.