Dawes Act reborn as nickname law
By Erich Longie
In addition, the bill’s passage tells us tribal people that there is no way we can win in the American political and justice system.
We can jump through the hoops the system puts in our way, and we can follow the system as required by law. But if we somehow win, then the losing players simply will change the rules or introduce a new law to undo our victory.
Not coincidentally, this also is the same tactic the government historically has used to break every treaty with tribes. It’s a very effective tactic—not an admirable, moral or honorable tactic, but an effective one.
And in addition, the passage of HB 1263 means non-Indians no longer can claim they are honoring us. Those claims have been exposed as disingenuous and misleading.
Instead, the reality that we all now see is brutally honest: It declares that “If we can’t get our way through false claims of honoring you, we will take what we want anyway.”