Wednesday, March 29, 2006

 

Why does Conrad Burns hate Native Americans?

Okay, we all know about how Conrad Burns pandered to a Michigan Chippewa tribe and Abramoff client, getting them a $3-million federal grant in exchange for $75,000 in campaign contributions. Old news. But what newspapers and politicians haven’t challenged is Burns’ statement that he has been a long supporter of Native American tribes. As usual with the Senator, nothing could be further from the truth. What’s his record with Native American issues? I’m so glad you asked:
• In 1998, Burns drafted legislation that would exempt all non-Indian land on Montana reservations from tribal jurisdiction. That’s like saying all non-federal or state land shouldn’t be under jurisdiction of state or federal authority. • In 2003, Burns raised a procedural point that killed $2.9 billion for tribal programs. • In 2005, Burns led opposition to a bill that would have provided $1 billion for tribal health services. • Last week, Burns voted against an amendment proposed by North Dakota’s Sen. Byron Dorgan that would have given $220 million towards tribal education.
Burns' record on voting for appropriations for Native Americans is so poor, it makes the grant for the Michigan tribe doubly suspicious. The more I learn about the junior Senator, the more he reminds me of one of those street performers that moves only when you throw coins in his can...
Comments:
This is blatantly unfair! Conrad doesn't hate all indigenous people, just those without casino money.
 
It would seem your generalization is inaccurate, touchstone.

Here's a grateful tribe in Montana for you.
And here's one from the Tribal Leaders' Council.

There's a good closing in this one where Chairman Matt says "Senator Burns fully understands and appreciates consultation with Indian Country, our sovereignty and our right to self-determination. Before others weigh in on our behalf, they would be well advised to learn the same lessons."
 
Understands tribal sovereignty? Even after trying to weaken it? I guess he does understand it...

And please, spare me your patronizing line vis-a-vis speaking about Native American issues. If you don't like my opinions, don't come around.
 
Also, it's interesting that these same groups praising Sen. Burns wouldn't take his Abramoff money.
 
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