Whatever happens in this country will occur with the nations as observers rather than participants, such is the nature of our position as a disenfranchised minority. We will have little if any input into any of it.
We are neither a voting bloc or campaign revenue source deemed to be of any significance-we remain what we were categorized as long ago- the Indian problem.
A thorn in the side being subsidized to keep the lid on and present a facade on the global stage of compassion and genuine concern.
A living breathing reminder of a holocaust visited upon the first people of this hemisphere-and the good or bad news depending on viewpoint is we’re here to stay in what has always been our homeland.
Lip service is paid to the nations as being sovereign, and negotiations as being nation to nation, yet everything we do is affected with oversight and approval.
George McGovern in the midst of WK2 said there are no such things as sovereign nations existing within the U.S. -that’s it in a nutshell, the belief of the political status quo- a belief that is not going to change.
When pressed to explain this concept of sovereignty as applied to us it is defined as “limited” both by legislation and the Supreme Court-that brings to mind the saying that a woman is either pregnant or she is not-there is no middle ground, and we as a people are either sovereign or we are not.
It’s been said that sovereignty begins with feeding oneself, I would add to that so does pride and the emotional and spiritual well being of people and communities.
Poverty breeds dependency and the quagmire of generational dependency, but it can also create a poverty of spirit, self respect, and a sense of hopelessness.
We as a people, as individuals, have to make a difference rather than wait for others to -if we would claim sovereignty we must live as though we are whether we are viewed as such or not….. that translates to one thing- becoming self reliant.