December 14th, 2014 Last Updated on: December 14th, 2014
On the heels of the controversial land deal, which would be taking Apache land and handing it over to a foreign mining company, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar adds insult to injury by calling Native Americans “wards of the federal government.” Basically we're children that can't make decisions for ourselves so the government has to swoop in and save us? Please!
Huffington Post has more on the story:
The Arizona Republican was responding to concerns from Phil Stago of the White Mountain Apache Tribe when he made the comment that stunned people at the round-table talk.
Stago said the phrase is antiquated and ignores advances made in tribes managing their own affairs and seeking equal representation when it comes to projects proposed on land they consider sacred.
“He kind of revealed the truth — the true deep feeling of the federal government: ‘Tribes, you can call yourselves sovereign nations, but when it comes down to the final test, you're not really sovereign because we still have plenary authority over you,'” Stago told The Associated Press.
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