As a “sovereign” people we aren’t deemed to be sovereign enough to adjudicate important matters within our communities, from various levels of crime to enrollment in some cases without the threat of intervention.
That nation to nation relationship the government likes to make a pretense of really doesn’t exist – if it did as “sovereign nations” we would have been kept apprised, in the loop, related to such matters as the criminal prosecution of those who commit murder on our land.
There would be no sealed testimony like that of Thelma Rios following a plea bargain in the trial of John Graham, nor would any governmental agency presume to close a case after decades of either ineptitude or indifference as they have in the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. without having first “negotiated” nation to nation with us seeking a common understanding and agreement.
So much of this nation to nation relationship exists as a facade, a false front that gives the air of habitability to an otherwise dilapidated tenement – which is exactly what the rez is, which in turn makes our negotiating partners slum lords.
I can understand the need for secrecy in government up to a point – if for example a war is going on the “loose lips sinks ships” aphorism during WW2 makes sense, but when secrecy is applied to things like domestic spying or the Kennedy assassination “national security” doesn’t have a damn thing to do with it.
“ongoing investigations” is another vehicle often employed that amounts to a facade. The DOJ didn’t want to tip it’s hand and give the bad guys a heads up?
Right…and if we’re all good boys and girls Santa will slide down the chimney and leave some toys for us.
I would expect the protocol existing between sovereign nations will now lead to a release of information since the investigation into Ray’s murder is officially over, a part of that release will surely be Thelma’s testimony/confession and certainly any related to Theda Nelson Clark.
If not, or if they are and so so heavily redacted as to be gibberish there can be no denying which way the wind blows – a wind seeking to conceal rather than the usual hot air.