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Saturday, May 05, 2012

UN tells US to return 'stolen land' to Indians

This is rich.... The United Nations has told the United States that it should return 'stolen land' to the Indians Native Americans (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
A United Nations investigator probing discrimination against Native Americans has called on the US government to return some of the land stolen from Indian tribes as a step toward combatting continuing and systemic racial discrimination.
Only some?
James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, said no member of the US Congress would meet him as he investigated the part played by the government in the considerable difficulties faced by Indian tribes.

Anaya said that in nearly two weeks of visiting Indian reservations, indigenous communities in Alaska and Hawaii, and Native Americans now living in cities, he encountered people who suffered a history of dispossession of their lands and resources, the breakdown of their societies and "numerous instances of outright brutality, all grounded on racial discrimination".

"It's a racial discrimination that they feel is both systemic and also specific instances of ongoing discrimination that is felt at the individual level," he said.
So is Obama going to give the Native Americans back any land? How about if he cancels the Louisiana purchase (yes, I know France was the seller, but under this scenario, they had no rights to it either) and returns all of that to the Indians, we'll give the 'Palestinians' a little bit of territory too. Like say 50% of the original British mandate. What's that? We already gave up 78% when they broke off the 'Kingdom of Jordan'? Oh. Never mind.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to make light of he poor conditions under which Native Americans live (and if you read the entire article, you will see that those conditions really are poor). But give them land, as if that's going to solve the problems? That's absurd.

Here's the best part.
Anaya said he had received "exemplary cooperation" from the Obama administration but he declined to speculate on why no members of Congress would meet him.
Is part of Obama's second term plans giving land to Native Americans? Who does he think is going to go along with that?

And what will Congress say if the UN General Assembly passes a resolution calling on the US to give land to the Native Americans that has been in other people's hands for more than 100 years? Maybe that will finally be the impetus for the US to quit the farcical UN.

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At 12:27 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.

President Obama Acknowledges Need for Native American Apology. “These cases serve as a reminder of the importance of not glossing over the past or ignoring the past, even as we work together to forge a brighter future. That’s why, last year, I signed a resolution, passed by both parties in Congress, finally recognizing the sad and painful chapters in our shared history—a history too often marred by broken promises and grave injustices against the First Americans.“ The President continued, “It’s a resolution I fully supported—recognizing that no statement can undo the damage that was done; what it can do is help reaffirm the principles that should guide our future. It’s only by heeding the lessons of our history that we can move forward.”
The Apology to Native Peoples of the United States (Public Law 111-118, Section 8113) states that “the United States, acting through Congress:
• Recognizes that there have been years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the Federal Government regarding Indian tribes;
• Apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by the citizens of the United States; and
• Urges the President to acknowledge the wrongs of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land….”

Weird that it pops up now before the elections......but that's just a 'coincidence'. this story run before on April 23 th.Had it then on my blog, probably the 'Natives' did not get the 'message'.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Bobert Elliot said...



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