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Why Joe Biden will be good for Indian Country!

Why Joe Biden will be good for Indian Country!

Posted By Charlie Ballard August 12th, 2020 Last Updated on: August 17th, 2020

Its election time!  This evening Presidential hopeful Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate and immediately my eyes lit up because I thought Indian People just might finally have an ally with this government!

Lets get straight to Biden's campaign promises for Native people:

  • “If elected in November, Biden said he would make health services funding mandatory”  .   

This campaign promise is in response to Trumps administration's lag for, “delaying the first installment of coronavirus financial aid to Native Americans, who sued the administration to block it from giving some of the money to for-profit corporations operated by Native Americans”  .  



  • “Biden said he would uphold tribal sovereignty and would ensure the views and voices of Native Americans are heard when his administration makes decisions in their interest”  . (azcentral.com)

For those of you not familiar with Federal Indian Policy, we have a trust relationship with the United States, in exchange for giving up our land, the U.S government is expected to honor its treaty obligations with Native people, which often times was ignored by past U.S. administrations. 

Just recently Biden announced that he's against uranium mining in the Grand Canyon.  This is big because it prevents further contamination of the Colorado River, which not only affects Native people who depend on the water but also anyone who buys agricultural produce from the farming industries of Riverside and Imperial County in California, whose crops are irrigated by the Colorado River down stream. 

This also comes at a time when, “the Trump administration on Monday took another step to opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling for oil and gas, potentially fulfilling a decades-long dream for Republicans”  . (indiancountrytoday.com)

  • “Invest in Native students​.​  Joe will dramatically increase funding for both public schools and Bureau of Indian Education schools.  He’ll also ensure every Native student has access to education beyond a high school diploma”  . 

As a product of a BIA Education, this is big.  I saw first hand how many of our teachers were underpaid because the BIA funding formula was rarely updated to reflect the current cost of living.  At Haskell, some of our sports programs were cut because the schools budget couldn't sustain them.



  • “Provide reliable, affordable healthcare. ​Joe recognizes the federal government has a treaty and trust responsibility to provide health care services to Native Americans”  . 

Its not secret to Native people that IHS (Indian Health Service) could use some improvement.  I had teeth yanked from IHS Dental because they couldn't perform route canals. 

  • “Expand economic and community development in Indian Country.  Joe is calling for a transformational investment in our country’s infrastructure, housing, and economic development in every corner of the country, including in Indian Country”  . (joebiden.com)

For those of you who've actually visited Indian Country, you know that we have quite a few Indian reservations that are very remote and the hardest thing to do out in the middle of nowhere, is have a thriving economy.

  • “Fight for Native voting rights.​ ​ As president, Joe will continue to not only protect the right of American Indian and Alaska Natives to vote, but to make it easier to vote.  This includes leading the way to restore the Voting Rights Act and appointing leaders to the Justice Department who will challenge every law designed to suppress the Native vote”  . 

Here are some quick fun facts, Native Americans didn't receive their U.S. Citizenship until 1924 and we also weren't guaranteed the right to vote in every state until 1962. (history.com)

Read more of Joe Biden's platform for Indian Country.

So before any of our readers begin leaving their comments on our Facebook page and attempt to give us our opinion, just remember, our political views are different from that of the other ethnic groups, our politics & tribal governments are based on historical treaties with the United States.  

The fate of our livelihoods changes from generation to generation, depending on who's in office.  

And all I can really tell any of you, especially if you're Non-Native, is that we don’t think in the short term of things, especially if we have to wait out unsavory politicians, 500 years of living with colonists will do that to you.




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hayden Redwood

I love the replys, dont fall for the political class tricks they are owned by big wealthy interests.

I hope you native Americans not falling for the Scamdemic another illusion created by the puppet masters of human mind manipulation.

Candi McGee

I have to agree with the first two Replies. Biden has had half a century to help Native Peoples, and if he has not done it yet, he is never going to.
If you have been paying attention, Joe Biden is suffering from some sort of senile dementia. The poor man literally cannot remember what he was saying at the beginning of a sentence by the time he has gotten to the middle of the sentence. He has arguments with himself. Even if he had a snowball’s chance in Hades of being elected, he would never run this country, not for a single hour. And even if he did, he would not even remember the “promises” he made to you…never mind the rest of the country.
All politicians are liars, and say whatever it takes to get elected. But the Democrats have taken it several steps further, and lie right into our faces, while showing us a video that PROVES they are lying.
Don’t be a sucker for the Dem’s. They have done nothing for Native Peoples, they have done nothing for Black people, they have done nothing for anyone except themselves. They are actively pushing Socialism, which is the polite way of saying Communism. No one wins with this. Ask anyone who has escaped Cuba.
May God Bless you and watch over you and your people.

lODOVES

This is pure drivel. Trump IS PRESIDENT of this country RIGHT NOW. What has he done? Almost 200,000 people are dead from his WILLFUL mishandling of the pandemic. He is a hate monger and a racist, a sociopathic opportunist, and a con man. His supporters shout ‘socialism’ at the Democrats, yet their the REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT is in bed with Vladimir Putin- our enemy— the man who meddled in the 2016 election and who continues to do so today. Our elections are at risk because of Trump’s purposeful dismantling of the post office. Gerrymandering and fear mongering are causing the disenfranchisment of thousands of poor and elderly voters. UNEMPLOYMENT has skyrocketed to unprecedented heights under his watch. Countless businesses have failed. He has dismantled every Obama law written to protect the environment. Trump doesn’t believe in climate change, yet the country is ablaze, the air is unbreathable, and the south is being pummeled with yet another hurricane. He praises white supremacists, supports the police in their brutality against people of color, and he disparages our soldiers. He fires anyone who speaks truth and hires family, and sycophants to replace them. He lies incessantly. Covid is NOT A HOAX.
Trump is a cancer on this nation. It will be the end of Democracy if he gets four more years
Biden is a good, moral, man. He has served this nation well. He was the trusted Vice President to the FIRST PRESIDENT OF COLOR that this country was proud to elect. He and his family served in the armed forces. He is a CENTRIST CANDIDATE— (in the middle)— and a perfect compromise to bring both sides of this country together. Trump’s REPUBLICAN senate has roadblocked EVERY piece of decent legislation meant to help the middle and lower classes. Don’t blame Biden for Mitch McConnell’s purposeful roadblock to make life better for the majority in this country.
If you can, go to Democrats.org to see what the Democratic Party is offering on its platform—- (90 pages of purposeful policy, from civil rights, job creation, green energy, education, racial equality, immigration, healthcare. What do the REPUBLICANS offer? NOTHING. No platform, but lots of hate speech, fear mongering, and lies.
Register. VOTE. You count, more than you can ever know. Vote BLUE- for every position. END ANARCHY and send Trump and his cohorts packing.

Ronald Sapp

I hope the sky is clearing and you can see the Democrats agenda better. They have done nothing for 4 years to help the country. They have blocked every program that has been put out by the Republicans. JUST because they didn’t like Donald Trump. Childs play should not be involved with the politics of our nation. Wait until the socialist zits really come into power. Socialism does not work in any place in the world. It has done nothing but run countries into the ground.

linda

AMEN! IT IS NOT WISE, to follow on the heels of-evil. Have any Native Americans turned from Jesus, and left God’ side, to go on and join up with Democrats/to ride with them and be of their ways. I hope not. Many Native Americans have believed in ‘spirits’ Listen to your ancestors. I pray for ALL tribes to walk with Jesus.DO NOT be fools of evil. I pray Blessings to ALL Native American tribes! Dance on, and sing. Nothing is more beautiful!

Paula Evans

I don’t need a Preacher, a Teacher, a Politician to tell me how to live. The Kingdom of the Creator is within me.😍
poli-tics- ( MANY-BLOODSUCKERS)😕

😊- Indigenous Roundtable of Elders
(Grandmothers & Grandfathers)
LOVE & LIGHT

Sunshine

I don’t need a preacher, a teacher, a politician to teach me how to live. The Kingdom of God is within.
POL-I-TICS= many- bloodsuckers🤨

😊= Indigenous Roundtable of ELDERS
(Grandmothers & Grandfathers)

Charlie DeVier

Biden is too sick to be president. He will “retire” and give the office to Kamala Harris. We do not want her for president .

Del Ruesch

I wonder if he is still able to tie his shoes or is his dementia such that he has to have someone else tie them for him.

Diana Williams

All i know is not one of these guys running is going to do anything good for our people, same as the past & now the present.

deb

I am sorry to see the support for Joe Biden from Native Americans. And I am also sorry to see the USA not living up to its treaties, as usual. And one more thing, if the Democrats have not honored all you want and need in the past, why in the world would you think Joe Biden and this group of radicals will honor all this time. Obama and Biden had their chance for 8 years and all Native Americans are still lacking. Think hard and long about what would happen to this country if these radicals were to get control of this country. You think your poverty level is bad now, your think your suicide rates are high now, you think your housing conditions are bad now, you think your youth do not have good schools now….think again my brothers and sisters, this would be a bigger disaster then it is now. Please do your research.

Maria L. Park

Anyone will be better than the current idiot in charge. Vote, it matters! A no vote is a vote for the current administration.

Eddie

My thoughts exactly.

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