Indian Voters Send Obama And Black Caucus Message: Get Off Our Back!
CBC Caucus members demanding that Congress and Senate members back them in denying federal health care, school and housing funds for citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
Native Americans across the country are getting fed up with the double talk coming from presidential candidate Barack Obama saying he supports the sovereign status of tribal governments while supporting the Congressional Black Caucus on several bills that include terminating federal recognition of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation.
The CBC Caucus members are beating their chest on capitol hill demanding that Congress and Senate members back them in denying federal health care, school and housing funds for citizens of the Cherokee Nation. The CBC Caucus is upset over Cherokee citizens voting to reinstate its' Cherokee blood quantum heritage as a requirement to be a citizen of their Indian Nation. Cherokees are stating: "the federal government broke all treaties made with their nation, no federal treaty can dictate who can or cannot be a citizen of any Indian Nation!"
Cherokees are claiming the Freedmen group and CBC members are falsely framing the Cherokee issue as racist toward an Oklahoma Freedmen group. Fact is, African Americans with proven Cherokee heritage are citizens of the nation. The only so called Freedmen that have not to date proven their Cherokee blood heritage to the nation were affected by the Cherokee Nation's citizenship vote last year.
The CBC is creating a racial divide between Native Americans and African Americans over it's Federal action against an Indian Nation. Native Americans walked side by side with African Americans in the sixties for both groups civil rights movement. The CBC now sees fit to take a different road over unity between the two groups.
Native Americans are pointing out the lack of support and non-action from the CBC on Indian community issues before Congress over the past several years. The CBC stands firm on getting it's fair share of federal funding for inner-urban city support programs covering health, education, housing and poverty; while it's forty three caucus members block the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act now before the U.S. Senate. The CBC is blocking funding that would greatly help millions of First American Indian men, women and children to include care for the elderly.
The Native American Housing and Self Determination Act provide's Federal assistance for Native American tribes while also recognizing their right to tribal self-governance. Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. This is where political double talk gets it's meaning. While campaigning, Obama tells Native Americans he supports their full sovereignty tribal nation rights while supporting the CBC blocking funding and calling for the termination of an Indian Nation.
Obama and the CBC caucus are fully aware that the federal government today is still fighting in federal court not to honor promises made to disenrolled Utah Uinta Band of Indians, in fact federal officials have pushed to have their case dismissed. Congresswoman Watson, member of the CBC and calling for the termination of the Cherokee Nation has seen fit to turn her back on the disenrolled Uinta Band Indians to include disenrolled Indians in her own state of California that clearly have tribal documented blood quantum to their tribal nation.
The Cherokee Nation citizenship issue is before Tribal courts and Federal courts at this time. There should be no action from Federal elected representatives trying to block funds going to any Tribal Nation over their internal government policies voted on by their tribal citizens.
Our country is in an election year. Americans across the board are having a hard time making it out here. Native Americans find it inhuman, insulting and hard to believe that any Federal caucus would see fit to block funding that would help Americas poorest in our nation. Native Americans are watching this issue closely all across America. We expect our elected representatives to fully support our tribal nations self-determination and sovereignty rights.
Mike Graham is a citizen of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation, a retired service connected disabled Army veteran. Founded United Native America in 1993 to form a national group to take action on American Indian issues. The groups main issue is to bring about a federal national holiday for Native Americans. United Native America's motto is, "Standing up for America and the American Indian community."
Graham has been a guest speaker on national and international radio talk shows to include television programs concerning Indian community issues, his reports on Indian issues have been published in newspapers all over America. He has traveled across the country discussing issues with Indian nation leaders, he has presented Indian issues at college's and high schools.