When reading the linked article the reader should understand that the conditions described aren’t confined to the Dine reservation, it is an systemic problem throughout the entire reservation system created in large part by governmental policies that once having confined all our nations to to the gulags created a dependency and poverty that has overwhelmed our traditions and cultures.
Is it little wonder that the cry for sovereignty reverberates across our lands and communities?
With sovereignty comes the ability to control our resources and enter into beneficial trade agreements with other nations just as other sovereign nations do.
It would empower us in this so called “nation to nation” negotiations between us and the government.
Revenue and jobs resulting from such agreements would elevate our communities, increase the standard of living, create a better health and education system, and facilitate agriculture on a scale that would serve our communities and could lead to an additional source of revenue.
For whatever reasons the concept of sovereignty and self reliance seems to scare the hell out of the government, or maybe it comes down to a matter of vindictiveness – perhaps they view us in the same light of falsely detained Gitmo prisoners and their truculence is based on a belief that we won’t forget.
One things for sure – it’s impossible to forget when nothing changes from day to day – the same poverty, the same lack of opportunity, and the same dependency.
This country dropped the bomb on Japan during WW2 causing untold devastation, subjugated the population for a period of time and then got out. It talks about getting out Iraq and Afghanistan, it got out of Viet Nam
The devastation visited upon our people is incalculable and ongoing, the time is long past due to end the subjugation.
In the midst of the narratives centered around compassion and humanitarian efforts by accepting refugee – the same compassion and humanity should be displayed to the indigenous people of this country by letting go of our people.