Friday, May 4, 2012

UN: return Black Hills to tribes

A United Nations fact finder surveying conditions of Native Americans and Alaska Natives says he will recommend in his report that some of their lands are returned. 
James Anaya has been meeting with tribal leaders, the administration and Senate members over 12 days to assess U.S. compliance with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He plans several suggestions in his report, likely due out this fall.

Anaya says land restoration would help bring about reconciliation. He named the Black Hills of South Dakota as an example. The hills are public land but are considered sacred land by Native Americans. 
President Barack Obama endorsed the declaration in 2010, reversing a previous U.S. vote against it. It is intended to protect the rights of 370 million native peoples worldwide.
A loop just now through Upper Spearfish Creek revealed extensive infiltration by the Western Spruce Budworm in Black Hills Spruce.

My guess? Vehicles brought the insect from other western states: ATVs, logging equipment...take your pick. Doesn't matter: water is being sucked from aquifer recharge zones then transpired into thin air in quantities that defy imagination leaving the Ponderosa pine monoculture even more vulnerable to anthropogenic climate warming.

Wakan Tanka: please, have mercy on us.


Bill Dithmer said...

Larry that would be a good idea except for one real important thing. Who are the Indigenous People?

If you are saying that the full bloods are those people, yes I'm in favor of giving a portion of the land back. Lets face the facts here. There are fewer then fifty full bloods livening on the Pine Ridge. I would suppose that there are similar numbers of full bloods on the other reservations of the Great Sioux Nations. Likewise very few half bloods. These were the people that the federal government made the treaties with way back when. Anything less then half means that for the most part those people have the very same ancestors as the rest of us and more white blood then native.

Where would you draw the line where blood quantum is concerned? Like it or not that is the one driving problem on all the reservations. It is not the full bloods that are increasing in population, it is those that are of less native blood that are increasing the populations. The real natives are restless but are few and are outnumbered by those that are now in control. When will the tribes and the federal government for that matter say enough is enough. I suspect never. Its easier to kick the can down the road then to take a stand on a subject.

Where would you draw the line where blood quantum is concerned? The answer to just that one question will either guarantee what the future of the reservations and the native population will become, or it will sound the death of both. There is no road that the tribes can go down that will let them have it both ways, continued population increase with a decrease in native blood, and prosperity for the reservations.

As anyone that reads my post knows I don't have a dog in this fight, but I do have friends that do. For their piece of mind they deserve answers to that one question.

The Blindman

Bill Dithmer said...

Man its time to lighten up a little bit.

And now for something completely different. Back in the 70s we listened to some things that the kids of today would never understand. We took our humor where ever we could find it. Some of that humor was admittedly a little of center and maybe even a little rude and crude, but it was ours. You have to remember that it was a time of a war that seemed to have no reason, a time when equal rights were at the forefront, and tension on college campuses was at an all time high. And yes there were drugs.

It was also a time when we were redefining the meaning of comedy. For some it was Bill Cosby, and for others it was a combination of Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor. I was one of the warped ones. For me it was things like this. "National Lampoons Lemmings." For those of you that don't have a clue, don't worry about it not many people do.

This was a stage production of a spoof on a rock concert. In truth it was a spoof about Woodstock and had all the music to support it. The premise was that there were a million lemmings that were going to commit mass suicide. These lemmings come to us in the form of a bunch of drug abusing mice trying to do the world a favor and offing themselves. Along the way they are attending a rock concert "Woodshuck" complete with public service announcements, great music, and when there is someone on stage that they don't like there will be gun shots. What the hell else could a person ask for? This helped to launch the carriers of a lot of people that you will no doubt know when you hear them. It ran for over 300 performances and started SNL in the process.

I know. It helps if your just a little bit buzzed when you are listening to it. One of my regrets is of not getting to see this stage production. Always remember that it is mice that we are talking about not people. Keep an open mind, a full bottle, or a bong standing by. Remedicate when needed.

The cut I'm posting is about Farmer Yassir the man that let the mice have Woodshuck on his land. You can hear the whole thing by going to "lemmings" on the site that I send you to.

.08+1 The Blindman

larry kurtz said...

Putting pressure on Custer State Park to purge its failed Disneyland illusion would please me to orgasm, Bill.

The Department of Agriculture should be assimilated into Commerce and HHS, in my view.

The Forest Service should go to Interior where it could transition to BIA Forestry and a more Bureau of Reclamation-type mission where fire management ultimately replaces fire suppression.

No reason why the Park Service and BIA can't assume joint duties where the Forest Service has been forced to fail.

caheidelberger said...

So this is the United Nations takeover Steve Rosenberger wants to stop as Lawrence County Commissioner. Now I understand.

larry kurtz said...

1% will stop at nothing to destroy Turtle Island: EarthFirst.

freegan said...

indigenous management