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Obama Signs Black, Beringian Farmer Settlement
The legislation known as the Pigford Settlement combines two class-action lawsuits. In the Cobell suit, named after original plaintiff Eloise Cobell from the Blackfoot tribe, originally claimed Beringian farmers were swindled out of US$ 100 billion in royalties for use of natural resources by the US Interior Department since 1887.
Really? I thought I'd heard it all before, but that's a new one. I might've seen it before in a random forum posting--perhaps one on the origins of people in the Americas. But in a straight news report? No.
Way to go, TheRightPerspective.org. Excellent example of how conservatives mock and attack Indians as part of their racist politics. According to this site, Indians aren't the original Americans or first Americans. They're foreigners, immigrants, just like everyone else.
The obvious implication is that they don't deserve any "special rights"--despite their unique position being codified in the US Constitution. So no sovereignty, no treaty rights, no gaming for them. I bet these conservatives think Indians should just give up their cultures and become white like Palin's "real Americans."
I can't be sure these people are racists. That is, nothing else in this posting is blatantly racist. But here's a question: Since they call Indians "Beringians," what do they call white Americans? "Europeans"? "Euro-Americans"? "Invaders"? "Conquerors"? "Newcomers"? "Johnny-Come-Latelies"? Or...?
Unless they use equally pejorative terms to identify Native and Euro-Americans, they fail the test. This failure would mean they're discriminating by race. That would make them racists by definition. I'm guessing that's exactly what they are.
The stereotype here is that Indians are just another minority group of immigrants like blacks, Latinos, Asians, et al. (I'd say whites too, but these conservatives probably believe whites were here first.) It's a disingenuous attempt to rob Indians of their rights.
In reality, American Indians and Alaska Natives have political rights that no other minority group shares. Regardless of when they came, they established sovereign entities with territorial rights before (most) Europeans arrived. No amount of Orwellian wordplay will change that basic fact.
For more on conservative racism against Indians, see:
Palin: Racism is a ploy
Conservatives giggle at Maya goddess
Teabaggers lie about Thanksgiving
Steele's hypocrisy on racial slights
Glenn Beck: Racist or ignoramus?
And many, many more.
Below: Look, it's Captain Picard! That proves Europeans were here first and Indians have fabricated the hemisphere's history with the help of bleeding-heart liberals. (For my less intelligent readers, note the heavy sarcasm.)