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Friday, August 1, 2014

How much I have changed (Part Two) #IndianProblem

From 1830 to 1840, between 70,000 and 100,000 American Indians living in the East were forcibly resettled by the US Army. Many others were massacred before they could be persuaded to leave; an unknown number died from disease, exposure, and starvation suffered during the Trail of Tears as well as on other enforced, long-distance marches westward to Indian Territory.

While the removal policy helped to alleviate the immediate "Indian problem," as more and more Americans continued to move westward, they found other Indian tribes living in freedom throughout the continent. Because these Indians prevented non-Indians from settling in many desirable areas, and because many white settlers did not feel safe living amidst the Indian "danger," another new policy was created to deal with the Indians - they would be confined to a land reserved exclusively for their own use - areas that came to be called reservations.
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By Trace A. DeMeyer (Lara Hentz in the near future) PART TWO

Child "protection" is one of the biggest businesses in the country. We spend $12 billion a year on it. 

The people who are charged to look after abused and neglected children have an important job. I give them that. We all know some states have very high rates of poverty.  Most of those states have Indian reservations and based on statistics, most Native children in foster care live in those states. Foster care doesn't solve the poverty problem by taking children away from their parents! It feeds the system that makes money on children in state care. The amount of money spent on social worker salaries and all the other state jobs: billions per year. Read more HERE about Massachusetts, where I live.

Are these social workers and judges aware of this country's appalling Indian history? Maybe, some.

Children on some reservations do experience poverty.  The US government who created these reservations (some say concentration camps) know this, too.  [On this blog, we have covered how this is affecting many Indian families, when their children are taken away. We have also covered in depth what this does to the child who is adopted out or goes through the foster care system.]

We know "their" job as social workers is to make sure all children are safe.  When you have poverty, you have increased rates of all the bad things: not enough food, depression, crime, etc. It's a vicious cycle that sucks in new generations. I have been to enough reservations to know this first hand.


Has the government made life better for Indian people since the Indian Child Welfare was passed in 1978?  No.  The federal government is too busy dealing with all the other problems it creates. The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs has been making life miserable for all the tribes since the late 1700s... Back in those days "overseers" and Indian Agents (up until the 1970s) were just like the social workers of today. They removed children from their parents, citing "poverty." Who created this poverty?

WIKI: The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is the United States federal executive department of the U.S. government responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States. 

I remember the Eastern Pequot tribal leaders told me they were "handled" by the Connecticut Dept. of Parks and Forests. Some of the overseers reports were kept in the CT state archives. If you wanted to buy medicine or cloth or anything, you had to ask the overseer.  I was told the Eastern Pequots would return home from work and their children would be gone (and they never saw them again.)  With all the dirty politics in that state, this tribe documented their entire history, only to be denied federal recognition! READ

Remember that Tribes deal with the federal government, not state governments. Treaties were legal, government-to-government agreements between two legitimate governments - the United States and an Indian nation. When an Indian nation signed a treaty, it agreed to give the federal government some or all of its land, as well as some or all of its sovereign powers. In return, the federal government entered into a trust responsibility with the Indian Nation in which the federal government promised to provide protection, benefits, and rights to the American Indian peoples in exchange for some or all of their land. The trust responsibility bound the United States to represent the best interests of the tribe, protect the safety and well-being of tribal members, and fulfill its treaty obligations and commitments. [Source]

If you read tribal newspapers, tribes have been fighting "states" over their treaty rights and the care of their own children ever since treaties - yet this was never supposed to happen!

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was instituted and passed to protect tribal children from state's social workers and other groups (missionaries and organized religions) who steadily removed children.  If you read the anthology TWO WORLDS, you will read testimony that was presented to the Senate about this horrific chapter of American history.

What changed my life was finding out the US government condoned and funded the Indian Adoption Projects, affecting thousands of Indian children who were adopted out to non-Indian parents for the sole purpose of erasing our identity and terminating our rights as sovereign citizens in our tribes.

It seems we still have an Indian Problem.

(to be continued)

1 comment:

  1. I am so angry at the burocracy and more lies to the American indains that had the land to begin with ,The British seemed to use their armies and just plow down the Indiains to be rid of them,I hae what they did .I see clearly what injustice,at the end did not Geronamo have his last words and prayed to God the spirit ,Judgement day will come and God will have his vengeance with what the white man called himself civilized,not even from her and had the nerve wow ,boiling over and so sorry.Today I wish the high officals in the White house were let go especially our wacked out President -he is a womanizer,oh well hope their just out and finally we get a compassionate person .Honestly they own the army that can kill if we don't go along like what happened to all the whole nation of tribes how sad -How sick those demons are.Haven't read much just hopped on to the comment .Trace I wish you all of everything and it's the people you want justified.God please make it happen<# Gotta go sweety ,Priscilla the search angel found my half sis in California with loads of new relatives wow .Promise to get back with you to let you know what happened ,Priscillas good wow<3

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