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Monday, March 18, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Each and every day, we the people are forced to endure something profoundly horrific being committed by Trump. And since Republicans only concern is maintaining their tenuous grip on power, they could care less what damage their president does tho their constituents. We’ve already seen scientific, environmental, and social groups get slaughtered by this one sociopaths desire to do everything to enrich himself and his amoral wall street pals. Now it seems it’s Native American Tribes’ turn.

Trump began mobilizing to pursue the privatization of Indian lands back in October of last year with the formation of his 27 member Native American Affairs Coalition. The Coalition is chaired by so-called Cherokee Rep. Markwayne Mullin. Much like termination policy that took place more than 60 years ago, the Coalition feels that impoverished tribes are overwhelmed by federal regulations that impede self-reliance and prosperity. Therefore, all tribal lands should be privatized so that American Indians can pursue development projects that lift them out of poverty.

Featured image via CounterCurrentNews
The map above shows the amount of Naive American land being controlled by the federal government, which will be endangered by Trump’s “America First” energy policy that seeks to give industry a free pass to drill on many of these lands.

According to Trump’s America First energy policy:

Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own.

Making matters worse, Trump picked Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior, the very agency overseeing the Borough of Indian Affairs. Much like every amoral pick Trump has chosen to run major governmental departments, Zinke is notorious for being a deceptive con man. For example, Scientific American rates Zinke as a “mixed bag” with a very anti-environment, pro-industry voting record. So it’s as likely that he will be an asset to Native American affairs as HHS Secretary Tom Price is for sick Americans.

Trump has had a very spotty past with Native America tribes.

In 1993, Donald Trump testified before a House subcommittee that the mafia was running rampant on Native American gaming casinos. Here, he bickers with members of Congress about taxes, the FBI and if certain tribes “look Indian.”

In short, we’re seeing yet another example of Trump trampling on the rights of Native Americans.


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4 responses to “Trump Is Audaciously Trying To Privatize Native American Land”

  1. The manic behavior of Trump, with its autocratic Mafia-like methodical approach to implementing corrupt behavior in America’s social affairs, extends to a point of poisoning every member and group in America, whether people are aware of his deleterious effects or not.
    Trump’s gangster modus operandi is insidious in many instances, yet overt in so many other ways.

  2. ♚ King Leo ♚ says:

    Correcting the headline:

    “Audaciously” should read “Brazenly”, and “Privatize” should read “Steal”.

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  3. FireBaron says:

    The whole anti-Native American scree by Teflon Donnie dates back to when he wanted to run the Casino being planned in Bridgeport, CT. Here is the background to know why.

    Prior to the Mashentucket Pequot tribe being granted permission to open a Casino, it was illegal to transport video gambling machines in or across Connecticut. The then Governor signed a bill that allowed the tribal casinos to operate them in return for 20% of the net receipts from those machines. When the Mohegans opened their casino, the work was already done.

    Then we had Governor John Rowland. This guy had one series of missteps after another. He was the only person in the whole state who believed Bob Kraft when he said he would move the New England Patriots to the Hartford area, then acted like a jilted lover when he found out Kraft was only doing that to get concessions for Foxboro. Then he proved ENRON were smarter than him when he bought into their plan hook, line and sinker, forcing our electrical utilities to sell marginally profitable power generating stations to other companies, forcing them to by the electricity they produced for more than they were selling them to the consumers, resulting in Connecticut having the highest electric rates in the country. Finally we have Bridgeport.

    The same Governor was a firm believer in the fast buck (maybe shaken after two different prison terms), and figured a Casino in Bridgeport would do it. He put his money on a tribe that not only couldn’t get Federal Recognition, the Tribal Council refused to recognize the guy who claimed to be the Chief, and the Chief refused to recognize the Tribal Council (led by his half-brother).

    So this opened up the Bridgeport Casino plans. The existing tribes reminded Rowland about the compact and if he awarded the contract to anyone other than the two tribes, it would cancel the contract, and the state would lose close to $1B in revenue until the new casino came up on line. So the finalists were the Pequots, the Mohegans, Steve Wynn and Teflon Donnie.

    The Pequots and Mohegans meant the state would’t lose money. Steve Wynn was told he was good for it. Teflon Donnie was told he would have to put up a $1B bond if he wanted to continue the bidding process. This was based on his history of stiffing everyone and anyone. The only smart move Rowland made in his entire tenure. Fortunately, he ended up having to face Federal Charges (convicted) before the final decision was made, and the new Governor decided to not pursue the venture.

    That started his “They don’t look like the Indians I saw in movies and on TV when I was a kid!” rant.

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