Senators rip Bush tribal facilities budget
Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said there is a nearly $3 billion backlog in construction or repair of American Indian health facilities, a $1.8 billion backlog to repair or build schools and $6 billion to repair and construct jails.
He said administration officials told the committee that things are "swimmingly good" when they're actually depressing. "It's unbelievable to me," he said.
Here's an idea. The NCAI or a group of wealthy tribes could place an ad in the newspaper of every city or college with an Indian mascot. The ad's imagery would contrast "proud" and "noble" mascots with real Indians huddled in poverty-stricken homes. The message:
If you want to honor us, pass a resolution denouncing the Bush administration's budget cuts in Indian country. Demand that your Congressional representatives go on the record opposing illegal wars and immoral tax cuts that hurt Indians. If you don't do this, your claims about "honoring" us are false and hypocritical. If you're going to violate your treaty obligations to us and make us suffer, we don't need or want your phony "honor."
A campaign like this would garner a lot of media attention. It would raise the profile of Indian issues throughout America. It would use America's beloved mascots to make a point: that Americans don't honor actual Indians.