Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


June 6, 1988 political forum

By Francis Blake
NEWS Correspondent


The United States Government has at least eighteen (18) bureaucrats governing every Indian.  This includes an enormous bureaucracy in several branches of the executive department, as well as committees and committee staffs in both the Senate and House of Representatives.  Some of the government agencies are listed in the directory below.

The House of Representatives Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs claims jurisdiction over “(6) Measures relating to the care and management of Indians, including the care and allotment of Indian lands and general and special measures relating to claims which are paid out of the Indian (Trust) funds ...” and (6) clause 3(e) with respect to all programs affecting Indians and nonmilitary nuclear energy and research and development, including the disposal of nuclear waste.”  This Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs does not have any subcommittee which mentions Indian people as a jurisdiction; we are included unmentioned in the Committee for Insular and International Affairs.  The U.S. Supreme Court rules in a group of cases, including De Lima v. Bidwell, Downes v. Bidwell, Hawaii v. Mankichi, and Dorr v. United States, that insular territory is territory in which only the fundamental guarantees of the Constitution are binding on Congress; but not those, like equality in taxation or indictment and trial by jury, which are “procedural, remedial, or formal.”

These are the colonizers that run tribal government.  This is why everything that’s passed by the Tribal Council has to be approved by the Secretary of the Interior or his “duly authorized” agent.  This is colonialism.  Don’t be fooled that the Tribal Council has any authority.  It’s time that we found out who is really running the show.

Listed below is a directory of some of the Federal bureaucracies which are responsible for the “exercise of special guardianship over the economic, educational, and moral welfare of Indians, ... which acts as a trustee for Indian property, ... and which assists the Indian when he seeks to leave tribal ways and become assimilated to American culture outside the reservation...”  The acts of Congress which established these and all the other bureaucratic agencies which control our lives, and which direct the colonial red-man puppet governments “recognized” by the United States subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, are all violations of Traditional Indian civil, human and natural rights, as well as of International law and the U.S. Constitutions.  However, a copy of these names, addresses and telephone numbers may be useful.  We encourage you to keep this page for future reference, and to find out how to write a Freedom of Information Act request letter if you don’t already know.

It is said that “secrecy begets tyranny,” and it is also known that colonial dictatorships must hide what they are doing behind a smokescreen of public relations, secrecy, and lies.  In the 99 years that the United States government has occupied the Red Lake Indian Nation in force, the U.S.A. has tried to hide what they are doing.  Records that should be public are kept away from the Indian community either through the “privacy act,” or are concealed in a tangle of bureaucratic “White tape.”  The 1934 Indian Reorganization Act Tribal Council holds secret meetings, and their minutes are not made public.  Deals are made in the backrooms—although in the Indian way, issues are supposed to be discussed publicly and the entire Indian community has a say in the decisions that are reached.

The United States Government’s tactics of secrecy in Indian Affairs have gone unchallenged for too long; but they will not work any longer.  The Ojibwe News is publishing a political forum for the people of the Ojibwe Indian Nations.  The goals of these pages are to discuss important political issues, to make public information which should never have been secret, and to provide a forum for the community discussion which is a part of our Indian traditions.

Since the beginning of European occupation of Indian nations, Indian people have been denied access to the media.  The Ojibwe News is dedicated to bringing truth to the Anishinabe Ojibwe people.  We expect that continuing publication of this newspaper will create a howl of protest in some places, including among acculturated Indians under the control of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 (202) 225-2761

Jurisdiction: (1) Forest reserves and national parts created from the public domain; (2) Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including alien ownership of mineral lands; (3) Geological Survey; (4) Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters for irrigation purposes; (5) Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for reclamation projects, and easements of public lands for irrigation projects, and acquisition of private lands when necessary to complete irrigation projects; (6) Measures relating to the care and management of Indians, including the care and allotment of Indian lands and general and special measures relating to claims which are paid out of Indian funds; (7) Measures relating generally to the insular possessions of the United States, except those affecting the revenue and appropriations; (8) Military parks and battlefields; national cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the Interior, and parks within the District of Columbia; (9) Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder; (10) Mineral resources of the public lands; (11) Mining interests generally; (12) Mining schools and experimental stations; (13) Petroleum conservation on the public lands and conservation of the radium supply in the United States; (14) Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain; (15) Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and grazing thereon; (16) Relations of the United States with the Indians and the Indian tribes; (17) Regulation of the domestic nuclear energy industry, including regulation of research and development reactors and nuclear regulatory research.  In addition to its legislative jurisdiction under the preceding provision of this paragraph (and its general oversight function under claus 2(b) (1) of House rule X), the committee shall have the special oversight functions provided for in clause 3(3) with respect to all programs affecting Indians and nonmilitary nuclear energy research and development, including the disposal of nuclear waste.


Key Staff Aides — Majority


Staff Director/Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stanley Scoville

Associate Staff Director/Council . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roy Jones

General Counsel Lee McElvain

Consultants:

         Environment, Energy & Public Lands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Trautwein

         Mines, Minerals & Public Lands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William L. Shafer

         Water and Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael D. Jackson

Science Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry R. Myers

Budget Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .William M. Anderson III

Public Affairs Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ken Burton

Indian Affairs (522 HOB Anx. 1, 226-7393)

         Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank Ducheneaux*

         Assistant Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alexander Skibine*

         Staff Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Debbie Broken Rope*

Calendar Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mary Stowe Boyd

Finance Clerk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .James W. Henson

Records Manger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandra M. Metcalf

Staff Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mary Ann Denning

                                                                                                                       Marie J. Howard

                                                                                                               Linda Gordon Stevens

                                                                                                                    Miriam L. Waddell

Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .Ralph Hollingshead
Documents Clerk  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Peterson




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