Monday, November 10, 2008

AT&T is a scumbag company!

Can you believe AT&T is trying to charge me for installing a new phone jack in my house! When they did not! The phone jack in this house has been here for well over 50 years see photos below!








If you're seeing those ads that imply that AT&T is giving the same service at the same price as Cable - they are NOT!

The phone service is suppose to be $30.00 per month with free installation - when I got my first bill - there were all kinds of nickle and dime charges for such things as a Federal tax of some type - universal life line (what in the world is that!) all of these .49 cent to $2.00 extra charges amounted to about $10.00 per month, so the service was not $30.00 per month but was $40.00 per month.

Don't get me started on the Internet service - it's wireless and keeps dropping, not to mention it's half the speed of cable but the same price cable charges!

TV service well that was suppose to be much better than Cable! Not so, got a couple of extra channels on their *basic* service but it's not any better than cable!

AT&T is just a plain rip off company!!

Get MagicJack - works great and costs $19.95 per YEAR!

http://www.magicjack.com/1/index.asp

(and no, I don't have stock or am involved with MagicJack at all, I just use it for my unlimited local and long distance phone service!)


Friday, November 7, 2008

Not one Word about Native America here!

This is the O's transition web site...not one word about Native Americans...

http://www.change.gov/

Change? Yeah, right

(I'm not sure where this came from)

Barack Obama is signaling a shift in tactics and temperament as he moves from candidate to president-elect, picking sharp-elbowed Washington insiders for top posts. His choice Thursday for White House chief of staff - Rahm Emanuel, a fiery partisan who doesn't mind breaking glass and hurting feelings - is a significant departure from the soft-spoken, low-key aides that "No-Drama Obama" surrounded himself with during his campaign. And transition chief John Podesta, like Emanuel, is a former top aide to Bill Clinton and a tough partisan infighter, though less bombastic than the new chief of staff.

The selections are telling for Obama, who campaigned as a nontraditional, almost "post-partisan" newcomer. People close to him say the selections show that Obama is aware of his weaknesses as well as his strengths and knows what he needs to be successful as he shifts from campaigning to governing.

"No one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel," said Obama, who also spoke by phone with nine world leaders Thursday.

Obama, who survived a long contest with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, also has made it clear he will rely heavily on veterans of her husband's eight-year administration, the only Democratic presidency in the past 28 years. Podesta was President Clinton's chief of staff, and several other former Clinton aides are on Obama's short lists for key jobs, Democratic officials say. Some of them helped write a large briefing book on how to govern, assembled under Podesta's supervision.

Obama himself brims with self-confidence, to the point that some people view him as arrogant. But to a greater degree than many presidents, he appears willing to lean on Washington insiders associated with other politicians.

Still, he is also certain to bring to the White House a cadre of longtime aides.

Emanuel accepted Obama's offer with a gesture of bipartisanship, addressing part of his statement to Republicans. "We often disagree, but I respect their motives," Emanuel said. "Now is a time for unity, and, Mr. President-elect, I will do everything in my power to help you stitch together the frayed fabric of our politics, and help summon Americans of both parties to unite in common purpose."

That would come as news to some Republicans.

In contrast to Obama's collegial style and that of his top campaign advisers, Emanuel is known as a foul-mouthed practitioner of brass-knuckled politics who relishes both conflict and publicity. He once mailed a dead fish to a political foe.

But he also earned a reputation for pragmatic efficiency, whether the goal was winning House elections for Democrats or working with Republicans to enact Clinton's centrist political agenda.

"Rahm knows Capitol Hill and has great political skills," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "He can be a tough partisan but also understands the need to work together."

House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio was less kind. He called his appointment an "ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center."

Democrats say Obama is self-assured enough to acknowledge his limitations by the appointments he makes.

"I know what I'm good at. I know what I'm not good at. I know what I know, and I know what I don't know," Obama once told Pete Rouse as he prepared to move up from Illinois state senator to the U.S. Senate.

Thus, when Obama was elected to the Senate, he picked Rouse, a press-averse former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, to run his Capitol Hill office. When Obama embarked on his presidential campaign, he chose advisers with presidential campaign experience like the studious David Plouffe as campaign manager and the even-keeled David Axelrod as chief strategist.

Axelrod is likely to get a job as a top adviser at the White House, and Robert Gibbs is the likely pick for press secretary. Gibbs has been Obama's longtime spokesman and confidant, at his side from his 2004 Senate campaign through the long days on the presidential campaign trail.

In Emanuel, Obama has chosen a fellow Chicagoan who intimately knows both the White House and Congress, as a former political and policy aide for President Clinton and a current Illinois congressman who is the No. 4 Democrat in the House.

Obama frequently sought Emanuel's advice during the presidential race, according to one campaign official.

Emanuel said he weighed family and political considerations before accepting the job on Thursday, according to Democratic officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid angering Obama. He will have to resign his congressional seat and put aside hopes of becoming speaker of the House.

With the selection, Democrats say Obama seemed to recognize he may have his work cut out for him in taming the House: Liberals may try to push their own agenda, not necessarily Obama's. They say Emanuel is someone who not only can stand up to Congress but also maneuver through it to achieve a chief executive's goals.

And, Emanuel provides something Obama lacks - a temperament and willingness to snarl, even at his boss' allies.

To varying degrees, the party's liberals and labor leaders are wary of Emanuel. He helped Clinton push the North American Free Trade Agreement through the House, angering the left.

Nonetheless, Democrats praised the selection. Said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.: "He is the perfect choice. He knows the Hill, he knows substance, he knows politics, and most importantly, he can get the job done."

Even before Tuesday's election, Obama had turned to Podesta to start laying the foundation of an Obama administration. His role became official Wednesday with the announcement that he, along with Rouse and close Obama family friend Valerie Jarrett would lead the transfer of power and chair a transition advisory board stocked with longtime Democratic Party hands.

Separately on Thursday, Obama met privately at the FBI office in Chicago with U.S. intelligence officials, preparing to become commander in chief. He received his first president's daily brief, a document written mostly by the Central Intelligence Agency and including the most critical overnight intelligence. It is accompanied by a briefing from top intelligence officials.

Later, Obama met with his transition team leaders who are tasked with building his entire administration in 10 weeks.

Obama advisers said the president-elect was emphasizing care over speed, with no plans to announce Cabinet positions this week.

Names of people said to be under consideration by the transition team spread through the rumor mill. Some Democrats say retired Marine Gen. James Jones was being discussed as secretary of state. Also, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican who endorsed Obama, was said to be interested in becoming education secretary.

Obama has indicated he'd like a bipartisan Cabinet, and Republicans who are potential candidates include Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel and Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

The president-elect planned his first public appearances since his victory for Friday, a meeting with economic advisers followed by a news conference. Obama and his wife, Michelle, also planned to visit the White House on Monday at President Bush's invitation.

Obama planned to stay home through the weekend, with a blackout on news announcements so that he and his staff can rest after a grueling campaign and the rush of their win Tuesday night. He is planning a family getaway to Hawaii in December before they move to the White House - and to honor his grandmother, who died Sunday at her home there.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thank you, Greta and Laura!!

Yep, the women candidates in this election cycle have been treated terribly!!

We all saw what happened to Hillary Clinton!

And now Gov Palin is being smeared and attacked!

Who cares if Palin doesn't know Africa is a continent! She was running for VP of the US, she knows where the lower 48 are, hey, that's good - did anyone ask Obama where the US is!!! She's new on the political scene, holy cow, even Obama had a year to come up to speed, she had just a few weeks...you sure didn't see anyone giving Obama a hard time when he stumbled on issues....those people trashing and smearing Hillary Clinton and Gov. Sarah Palin are just plain self serving morons, and we can see through you, so maybe it was a good idea not to give your name/s! After all Oprah started a school in Africa instead of the US! So let Oprah's cult take care of Africa! There is so much corruption in that continent, any money sent there just goes into the pockets of dictators! We really need to be more careful where we send money anyway! I think the lower 48 is a better investment! (Oh, dear, am I going to need to keep an eye on my mail for a dead fish??)

This country has a bad attitude towards women! Palin can be a mother and Gov., that's her style and apparently that works for her and her husband! Who are these people that smear her over this stuff! This is not a party issue, this is an attitude issue with folks in this country and women in public office apparently! I found the trashing and smearing of both Clinton and Palin extremely disgusting! And for the women in the Democratic party that put up with that kinda treatment, you set women back 200 years!! So it's like we've made no progress at all on this issue!!

The Federal Government apparently has not done enough to eliminate gender bias from our society!! Gittar Done, Obama!!

Gov. Palin! I hope you come back in 2012! You were a breath of fresh air in a stagnant cesspool called DC!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama's Promises to Indian Country

Indian Country Today ran an article of promises made by Obama to Indian Country in his own words....Oct 29, 2008 page 5 in part one on the page below...

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/digitalcopy

1. A Nation to Nation relationship;
2. he will appoint an American Indian policy adviser to his senior staff (Remember DC is far removed from Indian Country - unless this is going to be a travelling adviser);
3. an annual gathering at the White House (White House PowWow?);
4. End mismanagement of trust funds;
5. Settle unresolved cases - (hmm, the only way to settle the Freedmen vs Cherokee Nation case is to let us be a Tribe of Cherokee - our people have spoken by the way - however, the Congressional Black Caucus continues in a mean spirit to promote the Freedmen - the Cobell Trust Fund case has been ruled on by the courts, is he suggesting he's not going to follow it? Another Jackson here? Although probably would benefit these trust account holders if he didn't and raised the settlement);
6. Deal with tribes in a Fair and Honest way - (those are earned via action and depend on fulfilling the rest of his promises);
7. Adequate funding of Indian Health Care - now, the US Treaty obligations don't include the merger of Federal Medicare with Indian Health Services and that in this writer's opinion is just plain going to not work - I could be wrong but both of these health care systems are in serious need of adequate funding - lumping the two together puts the tribes in competition with seniors on Health Care - not a good idea - not to mention most seniors in the Fed Medicare program require what is called supplemental insurance - apparently Medicare doesn't cover hospital stays or drugs thus the need for a supplemental *insurance policy* to cover this, which seniors must pay for - these supplemental policies then pay physicians a set amount for each docs appointment etc - which a few years back created real problems - docs were complaining that they needed to see an overwhelming number of patients to meet expenses and then could only spend about 5 minutes per visit with each patient, hardly enough time to make even a diagnosis - many docs at the time closed their doors - Indian Health care is a treaty right and thus mandatory on the Federal Government - so will we get the same health care that the DC Congress folks get i.e. the Congressional Black Caucus in particular - I really doubt it - since a lot of this would be probably contract health care for Indians and the IHS has long used the excuse they don't have funding - so although some congress folks believe Indians don't have *friends* on the right congressional committees - Listen Up congress, we don't need friends - we got treaty rights!;
8. So lofty promises on Indian Education - not sure where he's going to get the money for this but who knows, I guess the printing presses at Treasury are running pretty good;
9. a general promise of help to Indian Country communities - again, if the funding is there, more government dependence? again just general promises;
10. promise to Native American Vets - anyone remember Walter Reed Hospital?;
11. A promise to never forget us. (well, this one is interesting - maybe he can do an update column each month in Indian Country Today, so we can all remain informed on exactly what he's doing and/or has in mind for Indian Country)

Well, I guess we will see - trust is based on conduct and let's face it, political promises do not amount to action on his part - so we will see. One promise he didn't make was to leave us alone to develop our own identity and preserve our own culture or to develop our own economic communities without strings attached to any federal funds that may come down the road - so we will see, we will see.

Hope for the Native Nations does not lie with Obama, it lies with each and every Native American to make inroads into the US political process - Rep Tom Cole has been alone far to long in Congress and needs lots of company.

So we will see!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama elected President

Now! I sincerely hope we can get past any name calling and racist remarks!

Obama, after all is a mixed blood, white and black....

So for those Freedmen that now want to call us, Cherokee, racist, I sincerely hope you will think twice about referring to Native Americans as such - after all we don't have a President in office!

And it is way past time for opening up that Congressional Black Caucus to any Congressional member who would wish to belong.

(Pssst, Gov. Palin, I hope we see you in 2012!)

Monday, November 3, 2008

More Obama Pie in the Sky!

Obama's closing argument just the same old Pie in the Sky!

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/closing_arguments_obama.html

Yo!

Did I see Gov. Palin in blue jeans in OH?

Oh, I did, I did!!

Blue Jeans - America's *durable goods* - symbol of working, middle class Americans - dependable, long lasting and yep, stylish.....:)!!

Did I hear Gov. Palin say *thank the Lord* in OH?

Oh, I did, I did!!

Stand up and fight for our Middle Class and our Values - THEY made this country not WALL STREET!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Laughter is Good....:)

Racism is just plain Ugly - Part 2

Racism is just plain Ugly - Part 1

Slavery - Paid in Full



Anytime you brought the Civil War up to my grandmother she would say: *and most of those boys were only 16 years old*

We have no debt for Slavery!

and Life goes on....:)

Come visit Indian Country !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1KhTHXqzNE

Just some thoughts ....

You know, I'm finding many, including younger folks are believing this: Social Security is gone! I wasn't around when Social Security was started but every and I mean each and every year there is an election - there is this scare tactic that social security funds are gone or won't be there when we or younger generations retire! So for what, at least the last 75 years or so this has been the battle cry of some politicians...just ain't true folks! The bad part about social security is: it's not enough to cover expenses when you retire without some other sort of additional income. Just that simple!

This battle cry among politicians was also used when these IRAs and 401K plans were being promoted...well, I guess we've seen what's happened to those investments...but at least in some cases the stock market WILL come back, chicken little will continue to lay her eggs and life goes on.

The cost of living will continue to rise and taxes will continue to go up...so although common sense seems to evade some of those folks in DC...life will continue on earth....:)

Hey, I remember when it cost a dime to go to the movies and a nickle for the popcorn and that was in Collinsville Oklahoma! And now what, here in Orange County, CA in 2008 it's $10.00 for the movie ticket and at least $5.00 for the popcorn. Although I must say most of the movies today aren't worth spending $10.00 on, too much violence in them....:)

I also raised two children on a whole lot less than what any of the politicians in Washington DC earn in one year's salary...in fact I don't think my income for my entire lifetime has ever equalled what they make in one year...I guess clinging to my faith was a good thing....:) I didn't have the luxury of voting myself a raise! Yep that's what congress does as well, they vote themselves a raise each year! So I suspect any new taxes will go into their pockets first, regardless of what they're promising to do with it.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Yikes!

Fox News Channel, Sean Hannity, is reporting a book written by Bill Ayers called Prairie Fire, has a dedication from Bill Ayers to Sirhan Sirhan...

First of all, that sure makes some conspiracy theories more interesting as to Robert Kennedy's assassination and second, the Kennedy family has fought for civil rights for *ever* and now they've backed a Black candidate who has connections to folks that honor someone who assassinated Robert Kennedy...

Wow...it has always seemed strange to me that Sirhan Sirhan *acted* alone, I mean it's one thing to be angry with DC and give folks a piece of your mind but quite another to do something like he did. Does make one wonder if he really did *just act alone*...

I sure hope someone looks further into this....

Wow....

(Thanks, Sean, for letting us all know, what the rest of media won't report on!! News flash to Obama - we disagree with your philosophy - that doesn't mean we dislike you or won't go have a pizza with you, it just means we dislike what you want to make the US into! We'll have to call you Mr. Overly Sensitive! I mean look what they've done to Hillary Clinton and Gov. Palin, you don't hear them whining!)

Hmmmm....

Guess, I missed the big Obama infomercial....other things to do...

I've voted early and yep you guessed it, my vote went McCain Palin!!

I'd rather HIRE MCain-Palin who will work for US, than to accept the crumbs of the wealthy DC politicians represented by Obama-Biden, in the amount of $500.00 to $1,000.00, which in today's economy buys NOTHING!

We're WORTH more than a few crumbs!

Remember you're either standing on the shoulders of generations who sacrificed for you or you're sacrificing for future generations! There have been no *give aways* in the history of our country!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

One of those Must Read Sites!

Obama’s Redistribution of Wealth..We Now Know What Change means..

http://nativeamericansagainstobama.wordpress.com/

Sharing vs Wealth Redistribution

Obama is now comparing sharing as a child or individual to wealth redistribution.

Sharing regardless of who does it, although the comparison he used was really juvenile, a child sharing a peanut butter sandwich, is a process that goes to helping others on an individual basis. You decide who you want to share with as in say a charity or a church or an individual. The key word here is YOU decide who you share with.

Wealth redistribution is government taking money you've earned and *sharing it* with the folks THEY choose to share it with. So now they're becoming a charity, I wonder if that's in the job description of the US government? and what about those sanctuary cities that provide illegal immigrants with health care and public school education?

So now the coal miners of WV will be helping to support the illegal immigrants of CA??

Something seriously flawed with this plan!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In Defense of Joe the Plummer!!

Boy, news reports are saying the Obama campaign or staffers or someone connected to the Obama group is looking into Joe's tax records and bank accounts.... ok, now it appears reporters are checking to see if he's a dead beat dad...say what? Anyone who illegally supplies or accepts this type of info ought to be prosecuted!! How dare anyone request this type of information to not only make it public but to smear an average ordinary citizen due to election activities...where have these folk's brains gone!!

Some heads better roll if this true!! And I'm not talking about just getting fired, there needs to be criminal prosecution for anyone doing that!!

That's worse than these *termination packages* for CEOs on Wall Street!!

and on another note:

This money give away, Obama campaign is talking about, sharing the wealth. Let's see I've heard figures like $500.00 to $1,000.00...so what exactly do they figure this is going to buy today? Not much!!

Give us JOBS!! Dignity comes from working!!

And hanging a Palin effigy!! well, if she were a Black Palin those folks would have been prosecuted! it is in bad taste Halloween or not! TAKE IT DOWN!!

Thank you Whoopi! let's hope folks have something better to talk about than Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palins clothes!! I think they both ought to wear blue jeans and shirts or sweaters if they want to relate to the WORKING class!! Or deer skin dresses to relate to Indians!! Sorry PETA you're out of bounds objecting to that, Indians traditionally wore animal skin clothing...all the clothes complainers did was force the RNC to pay out a ton of money on unnecessary *clothes* for Palin...think of how those funds could have helped someone in REAL need! In fact, how many folks could have been helped with all these campaign funds, currently it's all going to 4 people...tsk, tsk...I think this has all really gotten out of hand! Let's spread that wealth around....:)

Monday, October 27, 2008

McCain addresses Abramoff Issue

(Both Gov Palin and Sen McCain have been mercilessly smeared in Indian Country by Obama operatives, mainly via the web, where these issues don't hit the mainstream media - however, they both have a record of working with Indian Tribes - at least we know what they've DONE!)

McCain addresses Abramoff hearings in nationwide conference call
By Vincent Schilling, Today correspondent

Story Published: Oct 27, 2008

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/politics/campaign2008/33392469.html

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Across the country, supporters of Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, took part in McCain’s “Super Saturday” campaign event Oct. 25 in an effort to garner support for the ticket. Part of the event entailed a conference call in which supporters would be able to directly ask him questions.

He mentioned that he was not afraid to address any issues regarding Native people, even if it meant challenging people within the GOP.

“I would like to mention that one of the aspects of serving on the Indian Affairs Committee for many years and taking charge and being involved in Indian health issues and tribal sovereignty and land issues was that when we found out that this guy [Jack] Abramoff was ripping off Indian tribes [in the amount] of millions and millions of dollars,” he said, referring to a scandal involving a lobbyist who had bilked American Indian tribes to the tune of tens of millions in false fees and tribal services. McCain was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, which conducted hearings on the matter. Abramoff and others were convicted and sentenced to jail time.

“I went after him, and I knew he was Republican. I knew he was a powerful Republican lobbyist. I went after him, he is in prison, others are in prison because of that scandal; and I am not afraid to take on my party or the other party if I see that corruption is going on – and it was corruption.”

McCain ended by stating his pride in having dealt with Native people for many years.

“But I am also very proud of my relationship with the Native Americans in my state and across America. I have had that long relationship; it is a tradition handed down from [former Arizona Sen.] Barry Goldwater and [the late Rep.] Morris K. Udall. I am proud of my relationship with, and I am proud of the work that I have been able to do, for Native Americans for a long, long time.”

(Goldwater had served on the SCIA; Udall had worked in the interest of American Indians, specifically in securing passage of the Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act, which outlined Indian water rights claims, in 1981.)

Woe be unto he who disagrees with Obama Staff

Obama staffers bar FL news outlets from engaging in interviews with Biden or Obama or anyone else from what I can gather!

There goes free speech and the ability of the media, who disagree with Obama to gets the facts out to you...

For those of you that watch only main stream media, that's basically another Obama news outlet...

For those of you that watched the Palin interviews with the main stream media - well we all know how Hillary Clinton was treated!

The Obama crew has literally maimed every women that has come across the scene, regardless of party affiliation - the goal is *get a Black president* in office - that will be of the most benefit to that ethnic group! Next we'll probably see a male Hispanic president before any women is EVER placed in office in this country!

There is a real attitude problem in this country when it comes to women of any ethnic group!

The Democratic party is not the friend of Women or Native America!

Don't get me wrong - I think either party should give Native America a voice but I don't think that voice will come under Obama!

Vote McCain - Palin

My vote goes to McCain - Palin!

The dems have been promising a Native American Voice in the White House forever and it has yet to be done!

Spreading the wealth means that Obama will find a way to *tax* gaming revenues - so that he can spread the wealth to *Black* communities ... spreading the wealth does not mean help to American Indian Communities! He could very well, just stop any federal funds to those Tribes that have casinos - this is another way to place a *tax* on Native America.

Government will grow larger, become more involved in your *personal* life and slow the economy even further. By taxing corporations, more of them that can will move outside the US, taking jobs with them and those that can't move or are small businesses will go belly up - because of the restrictions and additional regulations placed on them. Joe the plummer probably doesn't have a license to be a plummer because he probably can't afford the government *process* to obtain one, this same problem occurs within the construction industry - there are so many requirements, regulations and costs, that getting a contractor's license becomes an obstacle to working and earning a living, not to mention the number of jobs that are lost because those businesses are unable to operate. In other words, it just becomes harder and harder for small businesses to remain afloat and more and more of us will have to engage in *government welfare* just to survive.

Biden calls paying higher taxes *patriotic*, I guess he's never heard of the Boston Tea Party. Taxation without representation - well, Native America has NEVER been represented in Congress!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Native America - the forgotten minority!

Voting for Deeds over Promises

By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji)
© 2008 Native American Journalists Foundation, Inc.
October 20, 2008

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-giago/voting-for-deeds-over-pro_b_135925.html

It took a lot of pushing, name calling and personal attacks to finally force me from Barack Obama's bandwagon. That's right. I will not be casting my vote for Obama and if you believe today's polls, my vote doesn't matter.

But it matters to me, win or lose.

A few weeks back I wrote a column that said I was "undecided." Many of Obama's supporters took this to mean that I would be voting for Senator John McCain. I did another column asking, "What is it that liberals do not understand about the word "undecided?"

That opened up the floodgates. Some of the kinder words aimed at me were stupid bastard, ignorant S.O.B., not a real Indian, in the back pocket of the Republicans, and then the comments degenerated into words beginning with the letter "F". (hmmm, Father Time, right?)

I was taught that liberals are the ones with the open hearts and minds. Wrong! "You're either for Obama or you're not worth my spit," is what I hear from liberals today.

I listened to the supporters of Obama and read his plans for Indian country, but I was not impressed. His platform is a platform of promises. In my more than 30 years in the field of Indian media I have heard hundreds of politicians stand at the podium and say "Here is what I intend to do for you." After reading the record of John McCain I settled on his record. He was able to say, "Here is what I have already done for you."

Going to do or have done? If some of the tribal leaders out there would take off their blinders they would recall politicians that said "I promise" and have met few that could proudly say, "This I have done." One spews another long list of promises, the other presents a long list of accomplishments. Accomplishments or more promises: Which is best for Indian country?

Senator McCain fought for and sponsored the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Since it became law NAGPRA has returned the remains of hundreds of Indians to their homelands for proper burial. The law has also protected Indian gravesites from demolition until the remains could be safely removed.

McCain has attempted to stop the federal recognition of Indian tribes by preventing them from going through the back door to gain recognition. He strongly opposes federal lawmakers from bypassing the Bureau of Indian Affairs and granting recognition to Indian tribes without fully exploring and investigating their claims of legitimacy. (Well, this is good to hear or read, we sure have seen this with the Freedmen. Congress again is like herding cats - maybe Congress should just declare all US citizens *adopted* Indians then everyone would be Indians - although I must say, I don't think this Congress of Democrats is going to get anything done in the near or far future except squabble with the Republicans - I like the idea of a Native American Party - First Americans Party - we sure need a voice in D.C.!!)

Why did so many presidents of Indian colleges jump into the tank for Obama when it was McCain who has been their strongest supporter in Congress? McCain sponsored the legislation to reauthorize tribal colleges and he cast his vote in favor of the Native American Languages Act.

There is only one Native American serving as a federal judge in this Nation. She serves the District of Arizona and her name is Diane J. Humetewa, Hopi. She was appointed by Senator John McCain of Arizona.

When a Nation is in financial turmoil as America is today the people that fall to the bottom of the list of promises are Native Americans. Remember the adage, "Out of sight, out of mind?"

Former Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne, threw his support behind McCain and since then has been severely lambasted by the Indian media. McCain also has the support of Republican Representative Tom Cole, Chickasaw, of Oklahoma. Cole has also taken his lumps from Indians he once considered his friends. (This brings to mind that Congressional Native American Caucus - if Tom Cole is the only Tribal Member in Congress - I'm assuming he is a Caucus of One - or have the wannabees invaded them as well - guess they couldn't get into the Congressional Black Caucus)

For those Indians who believe that Sen. Obama will somehow be more magnanimous to Indians simply because he is a minority, consider this: Many thousands of Indians were relocated from their reservations to cities like Dallas, Cleveland, Oakland and Los Angeles 50 years ago and they were moved into Black communities headed by Black community organizers. When the loaves of bread were handed out whom do you think ended up with the crumbs? Don't take my word for it. Ask someone who has been on relocation. Ask the Indians in Chicago, Obama's home territory, about what he didn't do for them. I did.

In the end it all amounts to what one man has done and what the other has promised. Done deeds or more promises? How many times in the past have I heard tribal leaders complain about broken promises. In the 1970s when Elijah Whirlwind Horse was President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe I served as his Director of Public Relations. He said something that has always stuck with me. He said, "You can't take promises to the grocery store."

So at the risk of alienating family members, longtime friends and Democratic politicians, I will cast my vote for the man that "has done," rather than the one who says, "I promise."

(Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, was born, raised and educated on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He was the founder and first president of the Native American Journalists Association and the founder and publisher of Indian Country Today, the Lakota Times, and the Dakota/Lakota Journal. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in the Class of 1991. He can be reached at najournalist@msn.com)

This is outrageous!

http://www.network54.com/Forum/237458/message/1224428867/Its+a+fact%2C...

Originally initiated by Wilma Mankiller in her never-ending efforts to get the UKB terminated and to dispel the Freedmen by adopting unconstitutional law, Chad Smith has ramped up the hate propoganda and hateful words to the point where thin blood Cherokees, more white than anything, will not speak about the Freedmen issue or the UKB if they are supportive, for fear of reprisal. The rest of them simply see the UKB and the Freedmen as some kind of threat to their cultural heritage they usually know nothing about and do not practice anyway.

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Shame, shame, shame!!

I have never ever heard Chief Smith or any councilor spread or speak any hateful words or propaganda against anyone!!

And for your information - the UKB to most *thin bloods* as you call us outside the 14 counties of Oklahoma have a tremendous amount of respect for the UKB and it's members as those who are traditionalists in the Cherokee Nation!!

I certainly don't hesitate to speak about the Freedmen issue! THEY ARE NOT CHEROKEE or DON"T EVEN HAVE AN ANCESTOR ON THE DAWES!! which by the way is required for those of us not Freedmen to have before citizenship in the Cherokee Nation is granted! So basically what these folks are doing is asking for an exemption to the requirements/rules to be a Cherokee Citizen JUST because they are descendants of Blacks or were Slaves!! So how is that fair!! There are quite a few folks who claim Cherokee Heritage that are white, who can't prove it either, do we just give them a blanket ok as well? And what about the Eastern Band and UKB blood quantum rules - shall we suspend those as well and just let anyone join the Eastern Band and UKB?

It just seems to me the position and arguments of these malcontent groups are inconsistent, I can assure you, they would be the first to stop anyone without the proper blood quantum from gaining membership into the Eastern Band or the UKB including the Freedmen!

You want to continue to rant and rave against your own people with a white man's concepts of *adoption* and *blood quantum* so be it. However, there are plenty who disagree with you!

More garbage!

The At Large communities in Southern California were created under the guise of Culture and History, but the covert reason, was to masquerade as a "cover" for the creation of a Voter Bloc to support Chad Smith's plan get himself reelected, keep the Freedman disbanded from the Nation and to enlarge the "Citizen population" in order to increase BIA funding. Over 60% of eligible voters for Chief Smith's agenda - live outside of Cherokee Nation and are disconnected from understanding and uninformed about what is taking place half way across the United States. Interviewed citizens in Oklahoma have stated "We wish Cherokees in California weren't voting! They don't know what is going on here and what is happening to us - they are making it worse".

Those of us who disagreed with their process and have resigned from the Councils and the At Large Communities, want to know > Where'd all the money go & why does the Tribal Council try to hide from the California At Large Communities, the way they treat the Cherokee Nation citizens?

http://www.network54.com/Forum/237458/message/1224336796/Disclaimer+Reply+to+CCIE+Announcement+-+I+am+not+affliated+with+this+Group.

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Well, contrary to what this person is saying...apparently the hate mongers among the Cherokee want per capita payments like the Pechanga Band of California Indians, except our tribe is so big, we'd probably all get $2.50...the money now goes into projects and programs that benefit ALL Cherokees in the 14 County area of Oklahoma...(don't get me started on this!) These communities were started for the sole purpose of connecting Cherokees with each other in California and around the country so that we can also access educational and cultural things from OUR HERITAGE! Thank you! Chief Smith for helping us maintain our connection with our Cherokee past!

All the communities in California decided that a candidates forum was a good way to meet and visit with each candidate running for Cherokee offices and the At Large Reps...they were all invited to the forum to state their cases and positions on issues in the Cherokee Nation. The communities in California requested this, not the Chief or any of the candidates that were there. So you're blaming the wrong folks.

To the Cherokees of Oklahoma: We understand a lot more than you think out here in California - we understand any funding and moneys go to those of you in Oklahoma and that should be opened up to ALL Cherokees where ever they live, not just those of you in Oklahoma! Remember, most if not all of us still have family living in Oklahoma that we communicate with on a regular basis - so don't be telling us we *don't understand* - what we understand is, there are always a group of malcontents and apparently this group is among the worst!


The Freedmen are NOT CHEROKEE! Those Freedmen that have a Cherokee Ancestor on the Dawes Roll are already Citizens of the Cherokee Nation! You complain about no money back there and yet you want to give our money to NON CHEROKEES!

You want to talk about voter blocs - well, your posts indicate you only want the Freedmen as citizens and support their efforts only so you can gain a voter bloc to advance your agenda which is to disenfranchise those of us that ARE Cherokee who live outside the 14 county area in Oklahoma! Your hate mongering against the Chief, and those of us that support him is extremely unbecoming for a Cherokee - it's one thing to disagree with someone but quite another thing to smear and spread hate! In fact I'm quite surprised the FBI hasn't started investigating this group for hate crimes!

I was on one of the councils of these communities and the supporters of *hate mongering* like this group, against the Chief, our At Large Reps, that was on our council caused a great deal of dissension! Not to mention the supporting of Non Cherokee! and the list of my complaints against these malcontent groups just grows and grows!

No one's hiding anything! All you need do is watch the streaming events and meetings from the Cherokee Nation website to see what's going on in the Council Committees and Meetings - most of these complaints are just shear nonsense and without any factual basis!

If this group based in Oklahoma was really concerned about the Cherokee people there, they'd roll up their sleeves and start to work on some of these projects; and it seems the biggest complaint is the fact the Cherokee Nation creates jobs for us, believe me a job would probably cure many of the ills posted on their forum. Considering the current economic state of the US those jobs are going to be important - so if you don't want them there will be plenty of Non Cherokee who will take them, so don't complain about the Cherokee Nation not doing anything for you! You won't even help yourselves!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Come visit us at the Cherokee Art Market!

Come see Authentic Native American Art - Oct 11th and 12th, 2008 - admission is free - see you there!!

Information and listing of Artists:

http://www.cherokeeartmarket.com/Default.aspx?base

http://www.cherokeeartmarket.com/Artists/ArtiststoAppear/tabid/74/Default.aspx

Obama's ties to the Financial Crisis

O'Reilly Factor and Frank on FM and FM

The lastest in Election News from Fox!

Fox News at YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/foxnewselectionhq



Sometimes things that just appear strange

are....I found it strange that Obama was making tours in Europe i.e. Germany, France and England on his campaign route...wellllll

According to an official of the American Banker's Association today on C-Span - guess what...foreign investors in our private market are welcomed and in some cases purchase those funky home mortgages....

So, guess Obama thought his little side trip was going to help or gain support from foreign investors for failed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...

He still by the way will not release his list of campaign donors and speculation is that some of those donors are *foreign donors*!

He's selling us out folks!

Angry Tirade!

Obama accuses McCain of an angry tirade when McCain calls him on his involvement in this Economic Melt Down!! Well, I guess he's angry, there's quite a few folks out here that are angry, taxpayers are having to pay for the irresponsibility that Obama has supported over the years!! No job, no income gives you a mortgage! Pleaseeeeee! Lenders pressured to violate age old lending principals!

You bet we're angry, Sen Obama!

Scandals and more scandals

The Savings and Loan (Keating scandal) doesn't even begin to compare to the magnitude of the current Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Acorn scandal!

You have several minority organizations that have literally pushed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into collapse, by forcing lenders to lend to folks who had no jobs, no income and couldn't afford the mortgages they got into!!

This has been a massive fraud on our economy! No amount of *regulation* could have prevented what these organizations did to our economy! In fact good lending principals have been in place for eons - you need a job and adequate income to get a loan for a house!

Acorn and La Raza have stolen the American Dream - they took Hope and dashed it to the ground! and they did it all with a wink and a nod from the Congressional Black Caucus, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac! Hope now is nothing more than whistling in the wind!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Obama and Acorn

Obama campaign tries to downplay 'supposed' connections between their candidate and ACORN:

"Barack Obama Never Organized With ACORN" (Barack Obama For President Website, http://fightthesmears.com/articles/20/acornrumor, Accessed 10/4/08)

Obama Directed Project Vote And Later Taught Classes For "Future Leaders Identified By ACORN And The Centers For New Horizons." "He [Obama] says he is drawn to politics, despite its superficialities, as a means to advance his real passion and calling: community organization. ... In 1992 Obama took time off to direct Project Vote, the most successful grass-roots voter- registration campaign in recent city history. Credited with helping elect Carol Moseley-Braun to the U.S. Senate, the registration drive, aimed primarily at African-Americans, added an estimated 125,000 voters to the voter rolls -- even more than were registered during Harold Washington's mayoral campaigns. 'It's a power thing,' said the brochures and radio commercials. ... Obama continues his organizing work largely through classes for future leaders identified by ACORN and the Centers for New Horizons on the south side." (Hank De Zutter, Op-Ed, "What Makes Obama Run?" ChicagoReader, 12/8/95)

Obama's Campaign Paid Over $800,000 To ACORN For Get-Out-The-Vote Efforts, But "Mistakenly Misrepresented" Their Work To The FEC:

Obama's Campaign "Paid More Than $800,000" To ACORN For Get-Out-The Vote Efforts; The Campaign Originally "Misrepresented" The Group's Work To The FEC. "U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat's campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports. An Obama spokesman said Federal Election Commission reports would be amended to show Citizens Services Inc. -- a subsidiary of ACORN -- worked in 'get-out-the-vote' projects, instead of activities such as polling, advance work and staging major events as stated in FEC finance reports filed during the primary." (David M. Brown, "Obama To Amend Report On $800,000 In Spending," Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 8/22/08)


for more info:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/rnc-obama--acorn-fact-sheet/

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ok, sometimes there is truth in humor....

Obama = Higher Taxes

More lies and sighs

Must see!

Tired of mainstream media editing the news for you?

See the other side of Obama in Sean Hannity's *Hannity's America* on Fox News Channel (cable) Sunday 9pm ET...you'll see how Acorn, Ayers and Wright play into Obama's politics

http://www.foxnews.com/hannityandcolmes/index.html

Native Vets Betrayed

I don't think there will be a fix....:(

Heavy Loans from China, foreign investors in Wall Street, bailout for foreign companies, foreign companies buying U.S. companies; Federal funding to Acorn, Federal funding to La Raza, middle east oil barons waiting to buy up U.S. land...they stopped the bleeding but the writing is on the wall....

Friday, October 3, 2008

Unbelievable, just plain unbelievable

Health care reauthorization act fails
Abortion amendment ‘dominated and clouded the whole debate’
By Jerry Reynolds
Story Published: Oct 3, 2008

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/northeast/30274779.html

WASHINGTON – Lead organizations and lobbyists have admitted the defeat of efforts to reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Declaring efforts to enact the bill “shut down” in Congress, the National Indian Health Board stated on its Web site Sept. 29 that it will continue to pursue strategies for enacting the reauthorization bill during what little remains of the current 110th Congress. But already by the evening of Sept. 26, a longtime lobbyist on Indian health issues, speaking on condition of anonymity when anything could still happen, said key congressional committee staff had put its chances of passing at slim to none.

By then, as recounted by NIHB, attempts to attach the bill (H.R. 1328 in the House of Representatives) to a “continuing resolution” on the budget – i.e., a measure to fund the federal government until Congress can pass a national budget – had faltered.

The bill’s chances didn’t improve over the weekend of Sept. 27 – 28. In the process of trying to move smaller parts of a larger bill that has faltered through the legislative system separately, the bill’s advocates tried to strip out Title II of the larger bill – the section providing enhanced Native access to Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program – as a stand-alone bill. “Kind of like taking apart an automobile,” as Blackfeet lobbyist Tom Rodgers of Carlyle Consulting described it. But when that process gets started, he said, it’s not long before the separate parts add up to less than the sum of the whole. (If this is a way to merge Indian Health Care with Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance program, that ain't going to work - Medicare is so corrupt, I don't think it is clean upable; not to mention Tribes would loose all control over health care - nope we're not being told something here?? and I believe Bush recently did sign a bill that sent 2 billion into Indian Country for Health care and law enforcement - although I could be wrong on that amount - and if you think Indian Health Care is bad - boy, seniors on Medicare have some real limited coverage - in fact most Doctors have been complaining about this for years - in order to make money, yep, that's why they're in this, they can only take 5 minutes with each patient per office visit - and they run a very large number of patients through - I don't know, I don't think government does well in the Health Care area and Medicare etc would be less Indian friendly)

“Unfortunately,” NIHB summarized on its Web site (http://www.nihb.org/), “House [l]eadership was not able to fund the first five years of the bill in an amount of $53 million.” (huh, but they found 800 bn for Wall Street - well that makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over! I think the true motivation is to try and get Indian Health Care covered under the Federal Medicare stuff - as in lumping us all into the greater U.S. health pot - I have to wonder why they would want this? You KNOW it's not for the Indians - remember Health Care is a Treaty right. Oh, what's the use, apparently the brick wall is up and knocking ones head against it, is just plain not healthy, no health care to cover any injuries!)

That was for the proposed stand-alone bill comprised of Title II. Though the Congressional Budget Office had estimated the original reauthorization bill to cost $129 million over 10 years, funding had become a problem for the bill as Congress arranged the well-known $700 billion bailout bill for the financial credit system, along with at least $1 billion in tax giveaways and a $25 billion loan package for Detroit automakers. (Yep, see Indian Health Care was just plain pushed aside - what was that about marginalizing Freedmen!)

On Sept. 24, as conditions in credit access built toward the $700 billion crisis, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., enrolled Chickasaw, urged passage of H.R. 1328. Budgetary pressures in 2009 could work against even modest new expenditures, he warned.

But House leadership (you know who this is, Frank and Pelosi) had decided not to offer the bill for a vote in the first instance because of the abortion issue. An amendment forbidding the use of federal funds to pay for abortions under the reauthorization had been added to the Senate version of the bill by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. House Republicans, despite what NIHB calls Indian country’s consistent position that abortion is inappropriate to an Indian health bill and already restricted under current law on federal funding, now wanted to attach the Vitter amendment to the House version.

In addition, NIHB relates, the National Right to Life Committee threatened to “score” votes on the bill as pro- or anti-abortion if the amendment were not permitted. (score votes?) Because the committee would score a vote on the amendment in any case, the political calculus boiled down to this for House leadership: to bring the bill forward would be to register a vote on abortion little more than a month before every member of the House faced the voters on Nov. 4. (tell a sick Indian kid - congress didn't want to *score* a vote on abortion, so he can't go to the doctor! This is just plain ridicules)

Lawmakers are generally allergic to making choices so close to an election, Rodgers explained. The abortion amendment “dominated and clouded the whole debate,” he added. (abortion needs to get completely out of the federal public arena!)

He cited another reason for the bill’s setback. “Indian country needs to have more allies on the [House] Energy and Commerce Committee. It is basically an urban committee which does not reflect historical ties to Indian country.” (what!! This is health care - not a Wall Street bailout - this sounds like a subtle request for a campaign donation! Remember Acorn!!)

Indian country, especially health care advocates and professionals, must work to address the problem substantively and procedurally as Nov. 4 approaches, he said. “That’s what elections are for. ... You do that by embracing your friends and punishing your enemies, and that can only be done by hard work.” (punishing your enemies - hmmmm, another congressional something or other - are Indians still enemies? - Congress needs to come into the 21st Century - or are we caught in the middle of a party feud!)

Other principal committees of jurisdiction on the bill – House Natural Resources under Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.; Senate Indian Affairs under Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.; and Senate Finance under Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. – performed “exceptionally well” on the bill’s behalf, Rodgers said. (apparently they don't have any friends on that committee either! Good grief how many committees does this thing have to go through! Was that in the Treaty - basic health care can be delayed because Indians don't have firends on key committees!)

As the 110th Congress approached recess, the failure of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act reauthorization left an angry mood among its advocates. “They’re bitter, very bitter,” said Gregory Smith, of Smith and Brown-Yazzie LLP in Washington, D.C. The National Congress of American Indians had made the bill its top legislative priority. NIHB, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the National Steering Committee on Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, the California Rural Indian Health Board, a host of other organizations and tribes, tribal leaders and individual Native people, lawmakers and legislative staff and lobbyists by the score have poured their efforts into refining the bill and passing it, many of them for years running.

They’ll try again next year, Rodgers said, with new strategies for the new political landscape of the next Congress.

(Well, I hope no one gets sick!)

Another smear on Palin from a Florida newspaper

Alaska Natives question Palin's support

BY RACHEL D'ORO

http://www.sfltimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1978&Itemid=1

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin routinely notes her husband's Yup'ik Eskimo roots. But those connections haven't erased doubts about her in a community long slighted by the white settlers who flocked to Alaska and dominate its government.

Since she took office in 2006, many Alaska Natives say they've felt ignored when she made appointments to her administration, sided with sporting interests over Native hunting rights and pursued a lawsuit that Natives say seeks to undermine their ancient traditions.

(folks, it's well known that most media outlets both paper and TV are way left of center and support Obama and many don't even try to be objective in their reporting - many have been criticized for the way they treated Hillary, so now rather than attacking Palin as a women, they've latched on to Alaska's Native population - believe me, Alaska is no different than the lower 48 states and with a congressional black caucus in Congress, Indian Issues are in real trouble!)

Remember the President doesn't act alone, and guess whose in Congress, yep the Congressional Black Caucus

(and if congress doesn't go along with him, his promises mean nothing! Don't forget how the Cherokee Nation has been Treated!)

U.S. tribal leaders meet with Obama

http://www.neshobademocrat.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=297&ArticleID=17512&TM=64864.72

At a gathering of more than 100 Native American tribal leaders, Miko Beasley Denson, Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Democrat presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama discussed the federal government's role in the economic development of American tribes, Denson's office said.

Gee, if they would have waited til Monday they could have gotten it up to a Trillion

The House Republicans and Democrats voted to approve an $800 billion rescue plan designed to bring stability to the financial markets.

After a tumultuous week that included House politicians voting down the first rescue bill and Senate approving an amended version of the bill, politicians did what was expected an approved the bill.

The vote was approved 263 to 171.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/economy/house-politicans-vote-resuce/

Rep Frank and the Congressional Black Caucus

Indian Country needs to remember that the Dems, while funding and backing loans to folks who could not afford them, which lead to the collapse and take over by the Feds of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are the same Dems that sat, prevented and did nothing to get the Indian Housing bill to even get to the floor of the House for a vote.

Rep Frank and the rest of the Congressional Black Caucus, knew that FM and FM were not stable but continued to assure the public and the rest of congress that they were stable. Apparently, if you've not seen the O'Reilly Factor, based on a CNBC interview with Rep Frank, folks went out and bought FM and FM stock and within months both FM and FM failed and those owning stock lost all their investment! Rep Frank continues to deny they had any responsibility for such. Rep Frank is a prime example of a congressman who has a deaf ear to main street!

Not to mention the Fannie Mae and Freddie Macs ties to the Acorn group, which is believed to be Obama's grass roots campaign source.

One of the main goals of most Indian Tribes is to get out from under government *control*, yet, Obama and his crowd will create an even larger government and continue to take the US down the path of Socialization. Spending for their social programs will increase dramatically and guess what, they'll look to the Tribes Casino money to help fund those programs with increased fees.

Ask yourself, considering the way Rep Frank and the Congressional Black Caucus have treated, helped and promoted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the way they treated Indians on their Housing Bill - do you really believe they will ever be fair to Indian Country. Remember, with all the complaints in Indian Country about poor housing - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were giving and guaranteeing loans to folks who could not afford them and now those folks who had nothing to do with it, the taxpayer, is going to have to pay for that irresponsibility.

Will the Indian Housing Bill do the same in Indian Country? Will every Indian get a new house in Indian Country? I doubt it! Will the Congressional Black Caucus come in and *help* Indian organizations? No!

A vote for Obama is a vote for the continuation of this irresponsibility!

Today Congress is back to business as usual by passing pork amendment after pork amendment to the *bailout* bill when we have a financial crisis! What does this tell you? Indian Funding is way UNDER funded!!

With all Due Respect to the UKB

The suit also alleges that CNO, which has operated programs under the auspices of the Indian Health Service (IHS), has denied treatment to UKB members.

http://www.unitedkeetoowahband.org/

With all due respect to the UKB, their lawsuit is really misplaced. UKB needs to join forces with the Cherokee Nation to impress upon Congress there is a great deal lacking in Indian Health Care - I find it hard to believe and Chief Smith has denied that any Indian is refused care at the Indian Clinics - in fact some federal health care programs require the Indian Clinics to provide care for non Indians.

I suspect as we can see, non Indian Freedmen without membership cards would be denied care altough some factions within the Cherokee Nation consider them Cherokee. I suspect that if there are any *persons* denied care it is because they are not members of any Federal Tribes or the funding is not there for the care. The Cherokee Nation can not provide that which Congress has not funded or which Congress does not fund at all!!

Not to mention IHS has given the UKB their own health care contract!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

She won! She Won!

Oh, Sarah Palin is goooooddddd!

*Cats*

Well, sounds as though the House is not very happy with Senate *Rescue* bill...

*The House is like herding cats*, (on the Record quote, Foxnews channel) is indeed true...lol...I guess we wouldn't have it any other way...it's called a democracy....:)

That *heart beat* away argument

Obama is a heart beat away from the Presidency on day one with NO EXPERIENCE;

Sarah, would have SEVERAL YEARS OF EXPERIENCE as VP, if she had to take over the PRESIDENCY and for those Dem risk takers this is highly improbable

So she's still going to be more experienced than Obama on day one!

Where's the Pork

Also included in the Bailout Bill!

Want to know what your Senators added to the bill? Wooden arrows! Check this out:
* Manufacturers of kids’ wooden arrows - $6 million. (fake Indian stuff?)
* Puerto Rican and Virgin Islands rum producers - $192 million. (as they *outlaw* smoking, like they once did booze, I see more and more liquor ads...guess booze is once again in good graces - MADD - won't be happy about this)
* Wool research! (hey, Columbia Sheep produce the best wool - what else needs research?)
* Auto-racing tracks - $128 million.
* Corporations operating in American Samoa - $33 million. (more corporate welfare are these last three)
* Small- to medium-budget film and television productions - $10 million.

http://casone.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2008/10/02/oink-oink/

Your Senator's vote on the Wall Street Bill

Here are the results of last nights vote in the senate:

http://onassignment.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2008/10/01/live-tally-senate-votes-on-700b-rescue-plan/

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

You GO Sarah....

You just remember you've got one itty bitty voice in Garden Grove, CA that's rootin' for you in the debate!!

Some of us know potential for a DC cure when we see it ....:)

I was wondering....

Early in watching some news, I began to hear about Obama having a well orchestrated network, helping with his campaign...Ok, most candidates have these types of organizations, so why was this making the news in this odd way...

Well, here it is:

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae fund, recall all those toxic mortgages, Acorn which is a Housing http://acornhousing.org/index.php and community http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/10-13-2004/0002275937&EDATE organization *facilitator* - recall Obama has *community organization* experience, apparently it was with this Acorn group in Chicago.

Acorn has been around for a very very long time and has offices in almost every state...so apparently Obama has tapped into a minority housing and voter registration organization, which is and was doing business with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and accused of some whooping voter fraud registration issues.

Indian Housing Bill Passes!

NAHASDA Funds Continue

Last week was eventful in our defense of the Cherokee Nation. We have been defending our sovereign right to self-determination, defending our citizenship laws which removed non-Indian eligibility. We were standing up to Congresswoman Diane Watson from California and others who have tried to attach language to laws that would forbid Cherokee Nation from receiving federal funds. Our main messages about this issues has been that we are a sovereign Nation that has the right to decide citizenship laws and that any conflicts with our laws can and should be decided in a court of law, not by the federal government.

The United States Senate and House of Representatives passed measures last Thursday and Saturday preserving Cherokee Nation’s federal funding for housing services (Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act reauthorization, NAHASDA). The language of the measure stipulated that Cherokee Nation would receive these funds as long as a court order allowing citizenship for non-Indian Freedmen descendants remains in place throughout the tribal court case that will determine their eligibility for citizenship in the Cherokee Nation.

I see the language in the bill as a sign that Congress recognizes the sovereignty and authority of tribal courts to settle internal disputes, which should be considered a victory for not only the Cherokee Nation but all tribes.

It is unfortunate that Congress voted to single out an Indian tribe over a disagreement about the tribe’s internal citizenship criteria, but I consider it a good sign that they have decided that this is a matter that should be decided by the courts and not by politics. There are several elected officials who helped us defend our tribal sovereignty: Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Lisa Murkowski (D-Alaska), as well as Congressmen Dan Boren (D-Okla.), Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) and Steve Pearce (R-N.M.). I thank them for their leadership and for proposing a solution that is not punitive to Cherokee citizens who need housing assistance.

Here is some background information on this issue: Currently, more than 300 non-Indian descendants of Freedmen are suing the Cherokee Nation in tribal district court over a constitutional amendment passed by Cherokee voters in March 2007 that restricted citizenship to people who have an Indian ancestor listed on the Cherokee Nation’s base roll. That amendment effectively ended a one-year period in which non-Indians were allowed to register as citizens based on a 2006 tribal court ruling. Those non-Indian Freedmen whose citizenship is in question have full citizenship rights, including access to social services and the right to vote, because of a May 2007 tribal court order that continues citizenship while the case is pending.

If you would like to read about the facts of the citizenship issue of non-Indian Freedmen, you can look it up online at www.cherokeenationfacts.org and www.meetthecherokee.org.

Chad Smith
Principal Chief

(well, considering the current crisis - the Congressional Black Caucus, along with Frank, Watt and Waters who were promoting and supporting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with toxic home mortgages, which the Fed eventually took over in the last couple of weeks, starting the current crisis - was trying to prevent Indians from getting treaty housing rights all for the sake of 300 Non Indian Freedmen! - disgusting at the very least! and one last point Obama is a member of the Congressional Black Causus! so no free ride for these Dems that should have stood up long before a crisis had to remind them - there are Indians without adequate housing who need funds as well!)

M2M and Wall Street

Mark-to-market, which is part of fair-value accounting, simply means that companies assigning values to assets they hold must value them at current market levels. If something is trading right around $10, it’s given a value of $10, regardless of whether it was bought for $2 or $20.

That sounds logical, right? The problem, though, and the reason M2M is getting so many opponents, is that the credit markets are in such a bind now that a lot of securities aren’t selling at all. So, technically, you might have a “market” of $0 for a security.

Because of that, there has been a huge movement in recent weeks to repeal, or at least suspend, the mark-to-market accounting standards, which some say are too onerous and have contributed to massive writedowns on banks’ balance sheets.

...

M2M opponents got a bit of what they wanted on Tuesday night, when the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an interpretation of Financial Accounting Standard 157, which contains M2M provisions.

Just in time for banks to start reporting third-quarter earnings, the SEC and the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a clarification of the rules to say that “when an active market for a security does not exist, the use of management estimates that incorporate current market participant expectations of future cash flows, and include appropriate risk premiums, is acceptable.”

It added that “the results of disorderly transactions are not determinative when measuring fair value,” which could mollify concerns about assets being marked down to fire-sale prices.

That assuaged some concerns, at least. The American Bankers Association commended the clarification, with ABA President and CEO Edward L. Yingling saying he “applauds” the SEC for its move and that a recent meeting on the topic was “productive.”

for the whole story:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/economy/hurdle-bailout-market-market/

(removing the M2M rule altogether would revert to Enron style accounting, this rule gives corporations better transparency)

The Gamble is on Obama - do you really want his health care plan?

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/09/obama_mccain_wo.html

In the latest version of his stump speech on the economy, Barack Obama is today working in a reference to John McCain's fondness for gambling to warn that another Republican administration would be snake eyes for America.

"I read the other day that Senator McCain likes to gamble," Obama plans to say, referring to a New York Times story on Sunday about McCain's role in the growth of casinos on Indian reservations. "He likes to roll those dice. And that's OK. I enjoy a little friendly game of poker myself every now and then.

"But one thing I know is this – we can't afford to gamble on four more years of the same disastrous economic policies we've had for the last eight," Obama says in remarks prepared for delivery in Westminster, Colo.

"I know that when Senator McCain says he wants to bring the same kind of deregulation to our healthcare system that he helped bring to our banking system – his words – well, that's a bet we can't afford. We can't afford to roll the dice by privatizing Social Security, and wagering the nest egg of millions of Americans on Wall Street. We can't afford to gamble on more of the same trickle down philosophy that showers tax breaks on big corporations and the wealthiest few. We've tried that. It doesn't work.

(your health can't afford Obama's health care plan! It doesn't work!)

Government Health Care - is this what the Dems are Promising us?

Dental care elusive

Woman’s quest for dentures proves arduous

Reservation dental clinics, such as the Thoreau Health and Dental Clinic are often trailers. — © 2008 Gallup Independent / Brian Leddy
Gallup Independent
By Kevin Killough
Staff writer

http://www.gallupindependent.com/2008/09september/092908dental.html


GALLUP — Linda Spenser lives in a small cluster of homes about 10 miles north of Gallup. Her mobile home is dwarfed by a school bus, whose bright yellow paint makes it stand out next to the dull aluminum siding of her home. A rooster crows beneath a trampoline in her front yard as she explains her struggle over the past year to get dentures.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she says.

Like many people, Spenser can’t afford private dentists, who charge thousands for extraction and dentures. On her meager salary as a school bus driver, Spenser had to get her dental work done through Indian Health Services, which struggles to provide as many services as possible on a limited budget.

Spenser was able to get the bottom teeth removed about a year ago. Due in part to the limited times she can schedule appointments with a dentist, she’s been unable to get the top teeth done. And IHS will be charging her $449 for the dentures, which she can’t afford.

For the past year, she’s been living on soft foods like pasta and mashed potatoes.

“I look at these people eating steaks, and I wish I had the teeth to eat that,” she says.

Spenser is only 48 years old. By the time she had her bottom teeth removed a year ago, she says, they had already taken many of them out. Like with many indigenous people, she couldn’t afford regular cleanings and other preventative care. As such, rates of tooth decay and periodontal disease are quite high in the area.

Alaska had a similar problem amongst its Native people, whose rates of tooth decay were some three times the national average. In some cases, Alaskan Natives live in villages so remote that they are accessible only by plane or snowmobile. Not only were few dentists willing to work in such remote areas, the populations had trouble affording their prices.

The Alaskan Tribal Native Health Consortium decided to try an approach that works well in Canada, England, and 44 other countries. Tribal members went to two-year dental therapist programs in New Zealand where they learned to do cleanings, fill cavities, and pull teeth. Dental therapists can provide many preventative care procedures that may reduce tooth decay and prevent people from needing dentures at the young age of 48. And they can provide such services at one-half to one-third the price of dentists.

Dental therapists working in Alaska have been successful bringing down the rate of tooth decay in the area, but the American Dental Association nearly shut down the program because, the organization claims, only licensed dentists should perform “irreversible procedures” such as filling cavities and pulling teeth. To become a licensed dentist a person must obtain an undergraduate degree, a doctorate of dental medicine and pass a statewide exam.

Fortunately, after a year long battle, Alaska’s Superior Court ruled in favor of the tribes.

While the ADA maintains that it’s just protecting the quality of dental care, many are accusing the organization of trying to shut out cheap competition, which would put preventative dental care in the hands of many who go without any dental services at all. The organization did not return requests for comment to this story, but the efforts of its Washington branch led the University of Washington to withdraw its support from the Alaskan consortium and kill a planned dental therapist tract at its dental school.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the ADA “intimidated university officials by threatening to block donations by its members.”

Dr. Michael Cadieux, a dentist with IHS, says that the dental problems amongst indigenous Navajos are not for a lack of dedication and skill on the part of the dentists that work for IHS.

“I’ve worked with some of the finest dentists in my career here,” he says.

Navajo IHS focuses on basic levels of services, which are those procedures most likely to prevent more serious problems down the line. These include routine exams and X-rays, dental sealants, fluoridation, and pain relief. They also try to focus on children, diabetics, and other populations most at risk.

Jenny Notah, spokeswoman for the Navajo IHS says that this model allows them to have the best effect possible with their resources.

“The Navajo area IHS is committed to providing the highest level of care possible,” she says.

There are ongoing talks amongst dental and other health professionals about finding ways to increase access to services. Cadieux is active as a community representative for dental professionals and travels to conferences where dental therapists and other strategies are discussed.

“We are having open conversations with the ADA,” he says.

Until then, they continue to work with what they have. Cadieux says he believes that the services available are still reaching a good portion of the Navajo nation. He says one of the biggest challenges is recruitment, but they’re turnover rate is so low that positions stay filled.

“The best retention factor is if we can get them to work with us, they usually stay,” he says.

(Most senior citizens in the U.S. today flock to Mexico for reasonable and affordable dental care and prescriptions - there's a dentist on every corner and the streets are lined with drug stores - so you really have to wonder how any lack of health care here in the States can be justified!! so how come Mexico has such inexpensive health care and the States don't?? Is Obama's health care plan like Indian Health Care? )

Indian Arts and Craft Bill expanded

John McCain sponsors bill that will expand enforcement for the Indian Arts and Craft Act, along with co-sponsors, Dorgan, Craig, Kyl and Domenici:

to track S-1255:
http://thomas.loc.gov/

Bill currently going through the CA Legislature

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares the
following:
(a) The State of California has government-to-government relationships with federally recognized Indian tribes located within the territory of the State of California. These relationships require the state to respect, and to not interfere with, the internal political affairs of these Indian tribes, including disputes concerning an individual's membership in a tribe.
(b) The civil-regulatory laws of the State of California generally do not extend to Indian lands located within the State of California.
(c) It would serve the public interest, and the interest of some Indian tribes, to authorize the State of California and its political subdivisions to enforce the state's trespass laws on Indian land.

for more infor:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_331&sess=CUR&house=B&author=romero

Stop Hate Crimes!!

http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2008/09/29/20080929abrk-aggravatedassault0929-ON.html

Native American shot in fight with White group

by Alyson Zepeda - Sept. 29, 2008 06:45 PM
The Arizona Republic

A Native American man was shot in the leg and two others were injured Sunday after several White males and females wearing "white pride" T-shirts attacked two of the men. A police bias crimes unit was investigating the case.

The two men, Native Americans ages 48 and 24, were walking home from a store near 48th Avenue and Thunderbird Road when they were confronted and assaulted by several White men and women about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Phoenix police said.

Relatives of the victims were nearby at a barbecue and heard them yelling for help. Two male relatives, 25 and 27, ran to intervene. The attackers retreated to a nearby house and one of the first victims, angry over the attack, followed to confront them, banging on the front door, authorities said.

One of the victim's relatives attempted to pull the man pounding on the door away when several shots were fired from inside the house and the 48-year-old man was hit in the leg, police said.

Officials are aware of at least three suspects were still conducting interviews Monday afternoon to identify others involved. John Merek, 21, was booked into jail on one count of aggravated assault.

The case has been forwarded to a Bias Crimes Unit within the Phoenix Police Department, which is trained to identify and investigate hate crimes.

A hate crime is a crime that is motivated by dislike of a race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability sexual orientation or gender.

In Arizona a person convicted of a hate crime may face an increased sentence of up to 10 years.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

This is what Obama means by Change

Just Shaking my head!



And now they're going to start pressuring the BIA on behalf of the Freedmen - we need some transparancy on this Congressional Black Caucus! CBC is wrong on Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac and they're WRONG on the Freedmen issue!

Well, this is interesting....



The Congressional Black Caucus was the group that was cutting off funding to the Cherokee Nation...

Do we really want the government to handle this crisis?

McCain tried!

Non Indian Freedmen can access this

if they are Tribal Citizens:

The program also offers free help to in making contacts to sell goods and in bookkeeping, she said.

Participants must be a citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, live within the 14-county jurisdictional area of the Cherokee Nation, be at least 13 years old and meet low-income guidelines (but we're going to bailout folks in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that didn't have to prove any income!) as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?articleID=20080930_11_A11_Asbank132707

But Cherokee Citizens outside the 14 county area can't access these funds!

More funding going to non Indians than Indians!