Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas vowed yesterday that his tribe along with others nationwide will go to Congress, the White House and even the United Nations in seeking to undo a U.S. Supreme Court decision that blocks the federal government’s ability to hold lands for certain tribes.
“We’re very concerned about how this country is treating Indians,” said Thomas at tribal headquarters on South County Trail.Providence Journal
February 26, 2009
But wait - is that the same Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island which has about 2,137 Members and receives approximately $5.5 million tax-free federal dollars per year, and which is not required to pay taxes on any income they make on the Tribe's 1,800 acres?
Then I'd say it's a good thing that Chief Thomas ALSO doesn't have to be "concerned" about a Sovereign Nation, consisting of a modern-day Tribe he only knows from their frequent criminal escapades documented in the media isn't opening up a gambling casino next door from where he's trying to raise his kids, and which would also bring environmental devastation, increased crime, traffic, and social problems, and be funded by foreign billionaire investors with the money to influence his elected officials, while being informed that he had absolutely nothing to say about it, that it was a done deal, and that this inevitable scenario was going to play out all over this country thanks to official Federal law.
Because, I bet that would really burn his biscuits!
But it does seem to me that the scenario above isn't so terribly different (except for the $5.5 mil per year and tax-free status) from how European colonists treated Native Americans in this country in centuries past.
And we all know how that worked out.
We don't need a 'fix' to Carcieri. What we need is a reality-based dialogue as to what is 'fair', 'equal' and 'sovereign' in this nation whose constitution begins with the words, "We the People..."