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Someone asked us yesterday "How are you guys not scared?"
Because we have been here before. We are here because they have wiped out over 90% of our population, and we're not going to allow them to take the remainder of us. We are here because it is in our blood to protect this land, to protect this water, and to protect our people. Our ancestors have fought and died for us to be here, we're not afraid of no bulldozers.
Did they shoot your dog? Scare you when you were a kid? Steal your girlfriend?
Well, if your posts are anything to go by, you don't respect anyone who belongs to the same race as those whom you have deemed lazy and worthless, despite the fact that even you admit that not everybody even in the one band you base your argument on behaves the way you dislike, much less the people of a thousand other nations on two continents.
That's the problem. You see an Indian, you think "Damn lazy, worthless SOB" without knowing whether he actually is, or whether he's what you would deem a "good Indun." And you base this, as I said, on the conduct of some members of one band.
Overgeneralization. You should get that looked at.
I base my opinion on a lifetime of watching various governments in Canada try to deal with the issue. Every time a deal is struck there is another group saying it is invalid and they want to renegotiate for more. Add into the mix the indians seem to want to be Canadian and not Canadian at the same time or whichever one has the best benefit to them at that particular moment.
The vast majority I have encountered in western Canada (not just the Cowichan tribes) lack the basic self-respect to take control of their lives and responsibility for themselves and if a person has no sense of personal accountability I have no time for them. That isn't based upon their race, I despise every person who plays the victim including some of my own family.
In the end what I want is a full and final deal. Name the price to stop all the bullsh^t. Whether it's land and mineral rights or cash or a combination of all I don't care, just do a deal and be done because right now there is now reason for anyone to believe this won't still be going on in another 400 years.
Yeah, but I bet you don't assume a white person you see is a useless welfare bum until proven otherwise.
I agree with the "full and final" part, but not with the rest. In the U.S. (I can't speak for Canada, I have no interest or right there), shut it all down. BIA, INS, legal status of reservations, Mineral Trust Fund, all of it. The recognized tribes can either form into an entity that can own land (corporation, trust, foundation, whatever) or split up the land among their people.
Then you're done.
Indians who want "their own thing" can work for it. Buy the land, move in Indians, vote for county councillors who will promote an Indian-friendly legal agenda, within the laws of the state and country. Heck, move enough Indians into a state to effectively take over, and pass Indian-friendly laws for the entire state, again within the strictures of the Constitution.
It's what I've been working on for years.
Depends on where, when and what they look like but I get your point and admit my bias.
As you say I do not know about your side of the 49th. Here any reserve land is administered by the band. If an Indian wants to own private property they can just like any other Canadian. They are allowed to vote and hold office as far as I know. Contrary to popular belief anyone not working on reserve land or in a native fishery is subject to income tax and only purchases made on a reserve are exempt from sales tax though they end-run this by having everything delivered to a reserve land address.
One of my biggest complaints is the request for self-governance and a declaration of a 'separate & distinct nation' but also wanting to take all the benefits of being a Canadian citizen. It makes for complicated jurisdictional issues in dealing with the law. I don't believe you should be able to have it both ways.
I really do not care how the settlement gets structured as long as it is final and we can move forward whether that be together or completely separate.