Obama to give Manhattan back to Native Americans?
President believes nation can spare some sovereignty
By Eugene J. Koprowski
The issue is causing alarm among legal experts.
In recent remarks at the White House during a "tribal nations conference," Obama endorsed the "United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People," which includes a sweeping declaration that "indigenous peoples have a right to lands and resources they traditionally occupied or otherwise used" but that later were acquired by occupying forces.
"One can anticipate that some tribes will seek to use this resolution to re-litigate centuries-old land disputes that courts have already rejected," said Frank at the Manhattan Institute.
These people aren't raising legitimate concerns. They're couching their complaints in imaginary terms: if the UN declaration becomes US law, if activist judges overturn 200 years of precedents. In reality, there are probably thousands of UN declarations and international treaties that conflict with US law...and we ignore them all. We'll ignore this UN declaration the same way.
And we didn't sign or endorse the UN declaration as a nation. All Obama did was "lend his support" to it. It's not official US policy and future US governments will be free to ignore it.
In short, conservatives are using the UN declaration as the umpteenth way to bash Obama as a Luo tribesman--as a foreign/socialist/Kenyan/one worlder. As with Obama's birth certificate and "death panels," they don't care about the merits of the issue. All they want to do is demonize the first black president.
For more on the subject, see Conservatives Criticize UN Declaration and Obama Will Give US to Indians?