Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Off the Radar

There has been some talk of Jeff Weise' Neo-Nazi sympathies, of his Goth fashion and violent animations. But could this really be the problems facing Native kids today?

from Indianz.com:

"Nearly 10,000 Indian and Alaska Native children, or about 1.2 percent, are in foster care, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

"In comparison, 1.8 percent of African-American children and about 0.5 percent of white children are in foster care but the HHS data may not tell the whole story. According to the National Indian Child Welfare Association, 25,000 Indian children, or 3 percent, live in foster care or with relatives, a figure that doesn't include Alaska Natives."

Indianz.com is quoting a story from the NYTimes.com, which goes on to talk about how Native kids get overlooked when it comes to federal funding. It seems that Native kids just aren't on anyone's radar. Until they shoot up their schools, that is. And even that attention is fleeting.

Also a note about where some of those famed Indian casino profits may be going. The NYTimes.com says that on the Lummi Nation, which is profiled in the article, the tribe has invested $2 million dollars of casino profits into a home for kids.

4 Comments:

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Blogger themarigoldtrail said...

Not at all. Thank you!

3:09 PM  
Blogger sideshow bob said...

I'm not sure if you know what's going on in Minnesota, but here's the story as I understand it:
Apparently, the state government, after seeing estimates of profits that N.A. run casinos are making, have decided that they would like a piece of that pie. If the tribes don't agree to share their profits, even though the agreements the tribes signed with the state never specified that the state of Minnesota was due anything, the the state will pass a law to open casinos of it's own. The government breaking treaties with Native Americans?!? I guess there's a first time for everything...

10:35 PM  
Blogger themarigoldtrail said...

The government breaking treaties with Native Americans?!? I guess there's a first time for everything...

Did you know that not a single treaty the US signed with the Indians has been upheld in full? Not a single one. Technically states should have nothing to do with what goes on on sovereign Indian nations; that is the Federal government's business. But with such cases as Oneida Indian Nation v. City of Sherrill (I'll be blogging about that soon) beling lost before the Supreme Courty, it seems apparent that sovereignty only lasts until the Indians got something worth taking; It is a sovereignty of convenience.

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