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Old 04-01-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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Tex Hall blasts Ross Swimmer
Says Special Trustee is “out there in space”

WASHINGTON DC
Native American Times 3/31/2005

A spat between two of the most powerful people in Native American politics today.

Tex Hall, President of the National Congress of American Indians, has taken exception to comments made by Special Trustee Ross Swimmer, saying the remarks are “an insult” to Indian Country.

In a Reuters article about Indian sovereignty, Swimmer was quoted as saying: "Tribes today are not sovereign. You can't sit there and be a sovereign and be dictated to by another sovereign There needs to be a whole new paradigm. We have to start over."

Hall was quick to condemn Swimmer’s statements.

“At least Special Trustee Swimmer finally came out and said what Indian leaders knew was going on the whole time – that the Interior Department is dictating whatever policies it wants to Indian tribes. Swimmer said that we need to start over? Great. Let’s start by at least having real consultation and put an end to the dictatorship at the Department,” Hall said. “Indian sovereignty is a reality, no matter what is happening on planet Swimmer. Indian Country knew President Bush wanted to put a man on Mars. We just had no idea that Swimmer was already out there in space. We need national leaders in the Bush Administration who take Indian sovereignty and the government-to-government relationship seriously. The Administration could have a great ally in Indian Country, but these kind of statements do nothing but get in the way of a productive and lasting relationship.”

Swimmer is the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Hall has been a frequent critic of the tactics used by the federal government during the long-running Indian trust lawsuit.
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I think we need to encourage our children to continue their education well past high school and into college. By doing this we secure our future as 'First People' to this Nation. Education will give us more Tex Hall's to represent the Native people in this country and the Future Generations.
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Originally Posted by yuchgeha
Tex Hall blasts Ross Swimmer
Says Special Trustee is “out there in space”

WASHINGTON DC
Native American Times 3/31/2005

A spat between two of the most powerful people in Native American politics today.

Tex Hall, President of the National Congress of American Indians, has taken exception to comments made by Special Trustee Ross Swimmer, saying the remarks are “an insult” to Indian Country.

In a Reuters article about Indian sovereignty, Swimmer was quoted as saying: "Tribes today are not sovereign. You can't sit there and be a sovereign and be dictated to by another sovereign There needs to be a whole new paradigm. We have to start over."

Hall was quick to condemn Swimmer’s statements.

“At least Special Trustee Swimmer finally came out and said what Indian leaders knew was going on the whole time – that the Interior Department is dictating whatever policies it wants to Indian tribes. Swimmer said that we need to start over? Great. Let’s start by at least having real consultation and put an end to the dictatorship at the Department,” Hall said. “Indian sovereignty is a reality, no matter what is happening on planet Swimmer. Indian Country knew President Bush wanted to put a man on Mars. We just had no idea that Swimmer was already out there in space. We need national leaders in the Bush Administration who take Indian sovereignty and the government-to-government relationship seriously. The Administration could have a great ally in Indian Country, but these kind of statements do nothing but get in the way of a productive and lasting relationship.”

Swimmer is the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Hall has been a frequent critic of the tactics used by the federal government during the long-running Indian trust lawsuit.
In Canada and the U.S.A we will never see the sovereignty we see in other countries. Other countries had to fight to get there voices heard...some with terrorism, some with rallies and marches us we will be whipped out before we get the chance. In the north the Liberal gov. buys the Chiefs and council and puts all issues on the table for years.... we are slowly learning but we are also ruled by the mighty dollar, our leaders have tasted the good life and they wont let go. Once we find true leaders ones that do make a difference then we will progress.. then all will prosper... our old Chiefs from long ago were the true leaders, from the battle fields to the hunting grounds, to finding food for his people, now a days you need a big family to vote then you get into Chief and Council. Our people are poisoned with the small little scraps the leaders throw out to them....they are satisfied with that. Until we find our true values and our true traditional ways and we put our people first then will we start to fight the white governments, with there own weapons.
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