Tribes: She wants American Indian dependence on federal funds to stop
By Ron Jackson
And if she had her way, those tribes would exist in name only.
So would the other 560 federally recognized tribes in the United States.
Ragains, a former tribal member of the Northern Arapaho of Wyoming, said Thursday she wants to abolish all tribal nations and cut off the flow of federal subsidies "to liberate” American Indians.
The Kingfisher small business owner is so passionate about her cause, she said she has spent almost $10,000 for advertisements in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Kingfisher newspapers since Aug. 21.
"Indian people are all wards of the government” under the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ trust system, said Ragains, 42. "The government sees us as nothing more than incompetent, domestic dependents. There’s really no difference between us and the prisoners of war in World War II. There just isn’t a fence.”
Compares to slavery
Ragains is encouraging Oklahomans—regardless of race—to contact their local, state and federal representatives to abolish the tribal system.
She also is calling for the return of all money and land presently being held in BIA trust to American Indian individuals.
"President (Barack) Obama needs to issue an executive order immediately,” Ragains said. "If he truly wants to be like (President Abraham) Lincoln, then he’ll issue an Emancipation Proclamation for all Indian people. Yes, I liken this to slavery.”
While we're at it, why don't we eliminate government "subsidies" to elders, military veterans, and poor people? And why don't we eliminate state, county, and city borders? After all, we're all Americans!
Yeah, the policies of assimilation and termination worked wonders from the 1890s to the 1960s. Let's go back to the era when Indians were rich, happy individuals and not poor ol' members of sovereign nations.
For more on the subject, see Should Indians Cling to Reservations?
Below: The good ol' days on the Chumash reservation.