Friday, February 13, 2009

The 2009 State Of The Indian Nations' Speech

I am SO embarrassed by this speech by the outgoing National Congress of Indians President, Joe A. Garcia.
He takes too little time in recognizing the genuine efforts of the Bush administration, toward America's Indian tribes/nations, boasting about our 'Native' advances, but begs for help from Zerobama.

Feckless, Flaccid is the way I would define his speech on today's American Indian populations.
Sorry 'bout that definition, but here is his speech.
How would you describe it?

Tribal leaders, members of the Administration, members of the 111 th Congress,
Congressional staff members, Indian organizations, friends and family, and all those
listening or watching across the country: As we gather here in this historic museum next to
the U.S. Capitol, I call upon the Great Spirit to be with us, to watch over the Indian
Nations and the United States of America.


Let us begin by pausing for a moment to honor our veterans, heroes and warriors in the
United States Armed Forces who stand in harm’s way at this hour—stand on our behalf—
to protect freedom and our liberty.
Thank you.


My term as President is coming to an end.
As I stand before you today for this, the last time I deliver this annual address, I am proud to report that the State of Indian Nations is more promising and more hopeful than it has ever been in this new era (??) of self determination.
There were goals that seemed distant, but we have reached them (under a man named Bush).
There were strides that seemed too great, but we have made them (under a man named Bush). And though there is always more work to be done and more victories to be won, we will achieve them as well.


The work goes on. It goes on together. We are propelled forward not merely by our own
efforts but also by the character of our great people, by our ancestors, and by our history.
We are borne on the backs of great men, great times, great deeds, and great tradition.
If we want true wisdom, we must begin by tending our roots. They are the source of our
character, and of whatever wisdom we hope to know. Every accomplishment we make is
an expression of the heart of the Indian Nations. These successes are more than the
preservation of our culture. They are the tools with which we change lives.
What is our success, really, if it does not change a human life?


Our success has been monumental:
· We have helped lead the (Bush) White House anti meth initiative, helped gain the
President’s signature (George W. Bush) on legislation honoring Native Code Talkers from World Wars I and II; and have made improvements in our tribal courts. We have
advanced our agenda for children, and found ways to use environmental initiatives
to help tribes boost their economies while preserving Mother Earth.


· And three months ago, Native Americans made history on election day by
participating in the democratic process in record numbers. We saw first-hand that
when candidates show they care about Indian issues, Native people support them
at the polls.


Our Hope for the New Administration

The President has given us good reason to believe he will include Indian Nations as he
talks about a new spirit of hope and change. During the campaign, President ZerObama pledged to appoint an American Indian policy adviser to his senior White House staff, and to host an annual summit at the White House with tribal leaders to establish a practical agenda for tribal communities.


As a candidate, he visited New Mexico and met with Pueblo leaders on several occasions.
He traveled to Montana and was adopted by the Crow Nation ("Walking Eagle").
In his election-night victory speech, and on his whistle-stop tour to Washington, President ZerObama acknowledged Native Americans.

(OH! We were acknowledged~!~!~!)

That is why we embrace the promised White House summit between tribal leaders and the Obama Administration.


Before assuming his cabinet post, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with tribal leaders and pledged to work hand-in-hand with us to address the challenges we face. So when the President says that Indian Nations are a priority for his new Administration, I take him at his word.

[ ... and now, the usual beg for Federal help, in the usual Indian ways ...]

Conclusion

As I think of the state of Indian Nations, I know that the spirit of our people is strong— even though the needs of our people are great. I am excited by the promise of a new day in Washington. Our new President has said that we must "be the change" we have been waiting for. (So why beg for his help then?)

With all my heart, I believe this is the true and right thing to do. I hope that, as the
President says, the waiting is over, because Indians have been waiting a long, long time for the government’s actions to meet our own.

We (meaning "We expect you to") strive to create better tomorrows for the sake of our children and our grandchildren, and for all who will come after us.
(Gawd, that's lame~!)

If we (meaning "you") cannot leave them something that is better than what we had, then our efforts are in vain. This is why we must take action, as we always have. I am proud that we are people not just of hope but of action. As the men and women of Indian Nations, we are carrying our part of the load and bearing our share of the burden.
(?!!?)
Yet our goals cannot be reached without the federal government honoring its longstanding, historic, and yes, sacred commitment to us.


I am Ohkang from Ohkay Owingeh.
Over 150 years ago, in 1858, the U.S. recognized the sovereign rights of the Pueblo Nations to the land granted us (?) by Spain 200 years before.
On this occasion, Indians from 19 pueblos of New Mexico came to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Abraham Lincoln. He presented each Pueblo with a silver-headed cane engraved with Lincoln’s name and with the year, 1863.


We call these the Lincoln Canes.
To our people, they symbolize recognition of sovereignty, authority and honor.
(To most others, canes represent assistance needed to walk about)


We are proud to carry them into history as a constant reminder of the great bond between our people and America herself.
President ZerObama has often cited President Lincoln as a model for his own time in
Washington. As President ZerObama strives to unite America in these troubled times, I ask this: To think often of the Indian Nations, to answer the call of Native peoples, and to uphold the commitment to all of us—just as President Lincoln did in a time of even more profound and difficult American change.
What a marvelous connection we have to this young and exciting new President,
President ZerObama and to America.
(?!!?)

[...]

I call upon the Great Spirit to be with us all, to bind us together, and to lead us—through both wisdom and action—to the greatness that is before us in this stirring time and always.
Thank you.


What a diminutive, butt-kissing State of the Nations speech.
As a Choctaw, I'm embarrassed by this.

How sad, these tribes who eagerly kneel down and scrape to any U.S. president.

9 comments:

Most Rev. Gregori said...

The only thing that the "Indian Nations" can expect from the Obama administration, backed by Pelosi and Reid, is well fare hand outs instead of giving hand-ups.

Liberal Democrats MUST keep people down and dependent in order to retain their power over the masses. Why do you think they keep playing one group against another; race against race, sex against sex, rich against poor? That is the Marxist/Communist way, never ending revolution, us against them.

Yes, G.W. Bush had a lot of faults, but he did far more for minority groups, Native Americans, Blacks, etc., then he is given credit for. Yes, Joe A. Garcia's speech left a lot to be desired.

ABNPOPPA said...

Mal,

Please keep in mind who and what I am. M/W 61 and have only been to Oklahoma, (Fort Sill) once in my entire life.

What does the Zen mean?
I thought the speech was OK. Although I agree with MRG, on what the Indian Nation will receive from President Obama it could be less if he is irritated by a speech. I do see the need to be forceful and stand up for you causes but one must determine the price in lives, money and benefits to the "whole" Indian Nation.

Pops

The Localmalcontent said...

I think you mean the 'Zer', not Zen.

I refuse to put the words "president" and "0bama" next to each other, in my bloggie.

The Localmalcontent said...

And perhaps Pops, you would want to learn more about Mr. 0bama's Indian name, Walking Eagle.

Mike said...

We used to drill a lot of wells in W. Oklahoma and one time our rig drilled several around Camargo.

It was a long drive from here, turn left at Elk City and even more driving. We'd go through Hammon and the poverty there amongst the Indian people was shameful.

According to Wiki, the Indian census is around a third of the town and the per capita income is just a tad over 10k. That's the avg., so with some bit of logical reasoning, the avg. income for Indians is less.

It's hard to believe such abject poverty exists in America. One afternoon while heading back home, the other guys were making some horrid comments - no need to repeat them - and I glanced over at my buddy Kirk (a full-blooded Sioux) and saw a tear in his eye.

I never asked, but I always wondered if he was saddened by the comments or by his people's plight. I sure wish I had talked to him about it.

Jungle Mom said...

Walking Eagle..LOL! I remember that one.

gregor said...

I thought da' massa's Indian name was Lying Rug...
I just hope all the Indian Nations are of the mind to stand with us Conservatives when it hits the fan.

Jeffro said...

I heard the "Walking Eagle" joke referencing Hillary.

I'm sure that Obama will be screwing with y'all just as soon as he can find the time - busy as he is and all in Chicago this weekend.

ABNPOPPA said...

So easy.... that was outrageous!!!

Actually I thought his Indian name was "he who speaks with forked tongue"

I understand the Zer now.

Pops