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That's cool how you referenced a case.
I'm so far from the end of my tether right now that I reckon I could knit myself some socks with the slack.
I'm in a lynch mob? I had no idea. This is really worrying; I really don't have time for another extra-curricular activity.
Any thoughts on the matter? While I'm Abenaki, my spouse is Cherokee and I worked on the last Cherokee principal chief election (for the opponent, a law professor at Kansas and former CNO Supreme Court justice who ruled in favor of the Freedman) and so am fairly well versed on the issue.
Has anyone read any particularly good commentary on the "hardworking Americans, white Americans" comment? I've been slogging through the blogosphere but I haven't seen anything that really gets it right yet. And are there any good Clinton defenses for this? I'm shocked that "bitter"-gate got so much play while this is kind of ho hum, politics-as-usual. Perhaps it's because she's not the presumptive nominee.
Well, that's pretty long already, and I need coffee, but I hope it offers a bit more background to continue the discussion.
Interesting article, P. Thanks for posting.Regarding the Cherokee, I kinda agree with Obama's sovereignty argument. And for me, the federal funding is simply a concomitant of that: do what you want, but if we don't like it, don't expect any money. I support this policy w/r/t any "sovereign" that gets our money.
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080508_a_slap_in_the_face/?lnA Slap in the FacePosted on May 8, 2008By Eugene Robinson
Quote from: A. on May 10, 2008, 08:56:02 AMInteresting article, P. Thanks for posting.Regarding the Cherokee, I kinda agree with Obama's sovereignty argument. And for me, the federal funding is simply a concomitant of that: do what you want, but if we don't like it, don't expect any money. I support this policy w/r/t any "sovereign" that gets our money.Well, except Obama was saying that because of tribal sovereignty, the federal government should not withhold funding: the decision to disenroll the Freedmen was the Cherokee's to make and the courts would sort out whether it violated any treaty obligations or whathaveyou. Moreover -- and leaving aside moral arguments about our collective responsibility to support people whose land and culture were violently destroyed to create our nation -- the tribes are not just like any other "sovereign"; for one, they are subject to federal law, including Article I, Sec. 10 limitations of state power and BIA governance of their land.