I was asked why I haven’t been blogging about indigenous issues lately and my response was this election season as are all elections relevant to the issues the nations face whether we like it or not.
Due to high rate of unemployment in our communitites and the pervasive poverty we are basically held hostage by the outcome of elections.
If a conservative becomes president not a single thing about that will bode well for us, funding for vital programs will either be drastically cut or done away with.
Programs like alcohol or substance abuse treatment, meals for seniors, funding crisis
centers for women and children, educational programs and related grants, healthcare, everything.
Now there may be those who live off rez, actually have a decent job, or even a business that have adopted the conservative mindset – if so it is a narrow self aggrandizing view that prioritizes whatever success they may enjoy over the common welfare of their own people.
In a word they’ve embraced assimilation and hanging around the fort, and there isn’t a single argument they can advance to the contrary capable of convincing me or anyone I know that a conservative candidate gives a damn about us or any hardships we may face.
Is our collective welfare and the ability to advance less important that owning an assault rifle or working for a grossly inadequate minimum wage so fat cats can increase their already obscene profit margin?
Are they less important than the health of our women, children, and elders? A number of our women have already underwent involutary sterilization, should they now be denied prenatal care or contraception?
Do our children have the right to a mold free home, a decent diet, and warmth in the winter?
I’ve never paid much attention to elections, figured it was in the majority a lost cause, my bad, and it won’t happen again as elections are very much an indigenous issue.