Did you know… that at least 90 major public spaces and natural resources, including Redwood National Monument (CA) and Joshua Tree National Monument (CA), are targeted by the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, to be turned over to Indian tribes? The list includes: 41 national refuges; 34 national parks, wildlife refuges and hatcheries; and 15 regional water projects. In each instance, a tribe will take over the management of these public lands. The problem is, tribal activity rarely involves any public process, oversight or transparency. And as can be seen in the areas where tribes have taken over or been given oversight of public lands, public access will most likely be limited. And the tribes won’t pay for the management of the site; the taxpayers will.
Did you know… that one Montana tribe of 5,130 people had, in 2004, an annual Operational Management Budget of $373 million, which is funded not by a casino, but by federal and state assistance? This annual budget is larger than the budget for U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s annual budget for the entire country.
Did you know… that in some areas of the country, you must obtain a tribal hunting permit as well as a state permit to hunt on your own private property?
Did you know… that six months after the destruction of the Twin Towers, a Washington State tribe hosted “civic journalists” from Algeria, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen? The reservation in question is bounded “…on the East by the Hanford Nuclear site; on the South…(by) the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Storage Facility; on the West…(by) the Yakima Military Training Center; and on the North …(by) several major dams including the Grand Coulee Dam….” , dams which many Northwest tribes have openly admitted they want to see removed.
Did you know… that federal Indian policy is TOP SECRET, developed behind closed doors between the federal government and the tribe, with no public process or transparency? That even tribal members are often left in the dark about what their own tribal government is doing?
These are just a few examples of how flawed federal policy is creating what some are calling the “Balkanization” of the United States. You can read all this and more in the new book by Elaine Willman – of Cherokee ancestry on both sides of her family – and Kamie Biehl, descendant of Paiute Indian ancestry, called:
Going to Pieces: The Dismantling of the United States of America.
At great risk to themselves – make no mistake, people have been killed over these matters – the authors traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast to chronicle the reports of “…police brutality, murders, oppression, homeland security concerns, political corruption and the loss of basic human rights resulting from the aggressive expansion of tribalism in America….”
Folks, this book is a must-read!
The book is $20.00
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