UN ‘indigenous rights’ declaration endangers U.S. sovereignty, property rights

The Founders of our country never contemplated separate tribal governments, nor authorized such entities within language the U.S. Constitution. It is Congress, through Treaties and later legislation that arbitrarily authorized itself to create “Federally Recognized” tribes. Commentary by Elaine Willman Gem State Patriot News Indian ‘Nations’ — and other sham terms: Let’s Speak Clearly and Truthfully “We in America do […]

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Standing Rock: Native sovereignty or a future of economic hopelessness

Only 3 percent of its length would need federal approval, and in those places the pipeline was designed to run next to existing utility lines, meaning that approval would presumably be hard to deny. Even in those cases, the company was careful to tread lightly. It made sure that the route would avoid sites that were even being considered for […]

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Want to honor Indigenous People? Get the Feds out of their business

The question of Indian rights goes far beyond the location of a single pipeline: Shouldn’t Native Americans be free to make their own decisions about the use of natural resources in Indian Country? It’s Time for the Feds to Get Out of Indian Country A permit to develop energy resources requires 49 steps on tribal lands and just four steps […]

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The case for energy development on tribal lands

On Indian lands, companies must go through at least four federal agencies and 49 steps to acquire a permit for energy development, compared to as few as four steps off reservations. The effect of this complicated bureaucracy is to raise the cost of entering into resource development agreements with tribes or individual Indians. Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations: Overcoming […]

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Native tribes divided, impoverished, yet Administration touts ‘progress’

“Photo ops with tribal children in native dress, pleasant pronouncements, and end-of-term self-congratulatory press releases, cannot hide the fact that federal nanny-statism along with Obama’s confiscatory federal land policies have made poverty, division, and disenfranchisement within Native American communities much worse.” On September 26, the U.S. Department of the Interior issued a press release announcing the annual White House Tribal Nations Conference with the […]

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Stolen Land and Broken Promises: Is the plight of Native Americans a harbinger for ranchers?

“If you sometimes wonder what the future holds for Western ranchers — AND OTHERS — take a close look at conditions on most American Indian reservations today.” Chris Misita of Redoubt News From Rangefire “If they want the land, they just take it through eminent domain, blight, confiscation, radical environmentalism. We basically get the privilege of occupying the property until our […]

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On the Rez: How federal policies continue to ravage American Indians

Failing American Indians Again Review: Naomi Schaefer Riley, ‘The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians’ A man and child on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation / AP  BY: Tyler Arnold Washington Free Beacon “Poor education combined with federal incompetence retards economic progress on the reservations. A feedback loop is created: American Indians are raised in poor […]

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