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MT Indian Tribe Holds ‘Tea Party’ Rally

From Montana’s Billings Gazette:

Karmelita Plains Bull Martin organized the first Tea Party protest by Crow tribal members in Hardin on Monday, February 15, 2010.

Tribal tea partiers hold rally

TOM LUTEY Of The Gazette Staff | Posted: Monday, February 15, 2010

HARDIN — Calling for new tribal leadership and a break from the federal government, founders of the first Crow Indian Tea Party movement rallied Monday in Hardin.

Leading the new Crow Nation Tea Party was Adrian Bird Sr., a former tribal chairman candidate who recently filed a civil complaint against the Crow executive branch alleging malfeasance for mismanaging tribal funds.

Bird, his wife, Lavanna, and fellow Tea Party founder Karmelita Plains Bull Martin are seeking to impeach the tribe’s four executives and take the Indian government in a different direction.

“We want them out of there because they are mismanaging tribal funds,” Bird said. “We need to get the people together.”

The Birds and Plains Bull Martin accuse the administration of mismanaging “tribal funds regarding education, employment, housing, casino finances,” and they accuse the tribal leadership of “total disregard of our laws and policies as the Crow Nation.”

Bird said the tribe would be better off if it developed the natural resources on the reservation, lived by tribal laws and declined federal government assistance.

Chairman Cedric Black Eagle, who could not be reached for comment at his office Monday, must respond to the civil complaint this week. He earlier said he was consulting with an attorney on how to proceed.

Plains Bull Martin said the new Tea Party group also objects to the management of the Indian Health Services, which guarantees coverage only to Indians living on the Crow Reservation and doesn’t offer preventative care.

“It’s a crisis facility. There’s no intensive or preventative health care,” Plains Bull Martin said.

Former IHS pediatrician Dr. Michael Garver backed Plains Bull Martin’s concerns, calling IHS “probably a way of not feeling guilt ridden for putting them on a reservation” for the federal government.

Garver, who now practices in Great Falls, said American Indians would be better served if they were placed on Medicaid, which would provide them with better coverage no matter where they lived.

By tying health care to the reservation, the government has put American Indians in the position of choosing poor housing and economic conditions in order to receive health care, critics say.

Plains Bull Martin and others also accused the Crow Nation of not using the Indian Child Welfare Act to give native families first preference for Indian foster children and to notify immediate family members of where child relatives were being placed within the foster system.

“It’s human trafficking, and Crow Nation kids are not for sale,” Plains Bull Martin said. “The tribe is not using the Indian Child Welfare Act.”

Other Tea Party members from across the state joined the Crow Nation Tea Party in demonstrating at Hardin’s only downtown stoplight. The groups gathered at every corner of the intersection with placards denouncing health care reform, climate change legislation and excessive federal government.

They elicited honks from passersby during the noon rally.

“We just wanted to be supportive of these people,” said Ken Champion of Bozeman. “Anybody who stands for freedom and liberty and opposed to unrestricted government spending, we want to support.”

Hey, being Indians they won’t even have to put on costumes when they throw the tea overboard.

Still, this is a pretty impressive development. In many ways Indians have been made more dependent upon the federal government than any of us.

As the article notes, it’s probably the notorious Indian Health System — which is a microcosm of what Mr. Obama ultimately wants for the entire nation — that proved to be the tipping point.

Of course, when you come right down to it, Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to put all of us on the reservation.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “MT Indian Tribe Holds ‘Tea Party’ Rally”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    If the Original Immigrants can free themselves from the Government trap, there is hope for the rest of those held hostage by the dole.
    The system of reservations and handouts is only marginally better than internment camps.

  2. jobeth says:

    More (independent) power to the new Crow Nation Tea Party and Adrian Bird . This movement will only strengthen future generations to their betterment.

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs has done more to dismantle and ruin a people than any army I know of. This couldn’t be a more clear picture of what a nanny state does to a people.

    There was once upon a time a proud strong mindset in this group. That has been ‘nannied’ out of many of them.

    And now, not surprisingly, their own have adopted the scheming political ways of certain white men.

    I wish this Indian Tea Party much success…so long as it succeeds in making the individual Indian independent of the government AND the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    I wonder if it isn’t time to settle up with them…finally.

    They have their lands…their sovereignty within another nation. They have the benefit of everything American plus have the tribal governments.

    I’m not up with the details of their situations but I would like to see them off the American teat…just like others who non produce.

    This is not to say all Indians are non-producers. It would be easy to point out outstanding individual Indians. And more power to their casinos…if that is what they want to do.

    However it would be much easier to point out the non-producers,but then who could blame them. For generations upon generations, they have a US government bent on keeping them dependant and weak, and giving them just enough to keep them alive but too much to be challenged and productive. More easily controlled that way.

    Enter….Democratic Party and the lefties, who can always be found nearby any group being made into modern day serfs by government handouts.

    The Indian wars are long over. Let’s allow (mandate) they be full Americans…in the full sense of the word. Not just natives of a geographical land.

    Having said that I deeply appreciate the service of each and every Indian member of the military who has stood between us and the ones who would like to see us dead.

    For the record, I, like many people have a little Cherokee in my ancestry, so I am pro Indian. I just want to see them as independent individuals who succeed. They are being robbed twice. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and now by their own Tribal leaders.

  3. Mae says:

    The “agreement” to be placed on reservations rather than being allowed to live in towns with the non-Indians or remaining nomadic was, of course, dependent upon giving up their traditional lands either to settlers who were not Indian or to the government, which would rather have them dead anyhow but couldn’t quite see their way to commit murder once the Indian wars ended. Since the reservations virtually had no income base, no jobs or even job training, no educational facilities and certainly no doctors, most became completely dependent upon the Federal government “hand-outs” which were in the treaties. Indians got these benefits for agreeing to become government dependents so the various state and Federal governmental bodies could take everything else they had. I can’t remember which Indian chief said this but it is apt: “The white man promised us many things, more than I can remember. They broke every promise but one. They promised to take our land, and they took it.” The Bureau of Indian Affairs is a complete mess with graft and corruption and outright theft being the order of the day. Yes, dependency comes at a price but the alternative at the time of the treaties was starvation or extermination. You make the call.

  4. Mae says:

    The “agreement” to be placed on reservations–rather than being allowed to live in towns with non-Indians or remaining nomadic–was, of course, dependent upon giving up their traditional lands either to settlers who were not Indian or to the government, which would rather have them dead anyhow but couldn’t quite see their way to commit murder once the Indian wars ended. Since the reservations virtually had no income base, no jobs or even job training, no educational facilities and certainly no doctors, most became completely dependent upon the Federal government “hand-outs” which were in the treaties. Indians got these benefits for agreeing to become government dependents so the various state and Federal governmental bodies could take everything else they had. I can’t remember which Indian chief said this but it is apt: “The white man promised us many things, more than I can remember; and they broke every promise but one. They promised to take our land, and they took it.” The Bureau of Indian Affairs is a complete joke with graft and corruption and outright theft being the order of the day. Yes, dependency comes at a price but the alternative at the time of the treaties was starvation or extermination. You make the call.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    (a long string of emphatic expletives, followed by …)

    … about time! Rolling Thunder, baby. Hunt the Democratic Party and make them wear Arrow Shirts.

  6. Chuckk says:

    Look any an Indian reservation and you will see the eventual result of government dependence.

  7. canary says:

    Jobeth, I read some Indians want full American citizenship or something, but did not understand the Acts they were still unders. And we may not have won WWII without their unrecognized bravery in communication codes the Japs were not able to break. They sounded like water pouring from a jug.
    At that Fall’s Creek MO highschool townhall meeting Obama warned if we don’t enact all that environment baloney, there would be no Social Security, and within 2 years, National parks would close and there would be no money for soldiers in general. Who knows what he actually meant as he was vague.
    It’s possible Obama would start his Cuba style ism with U.S. military first. It would be an easy cross over.
    For example. On base movies cost a little bit of money. Obama would make them ‘free’, but there would be no money to go off base and choose your own movie. They’d get vouchers for clothes at the PX, but not to shop at a store like others. Those that live on military base, even have a store
    to get free light-bulbs.
    Obama is just using the environmental above all else, to bankrupt this country, and get the military to do what he wants, just as Hitler did.

    Amazing Obama & Emanual ram are planning to force Americans to all serve in the military for at least 3 monthss (I am not talking about public service). Does Russia still enforce this with men? Obama & Emanual include women, yet Obama nor Michelle even joined the guard or reserves which would have given them college benefits? Why now?

    • jobeth says:

      “For example. On base movies cost a little bit of money. Obama would make them ‘free’, but there would be no money to go off base and choose your own movie. They’d get vouchers for clothes at the PX, but not to shop at a store like others. Those that live on military base, even have a store
      to get free light-bulbs”

      Sounds like the old coal company towns where you rent a company house and get script for pay, that could only be used in overpriced company owned stores. Never any cash…only script for pay. Got’cha lock stock and barrel. I can see O’Balmy trying something like it though.

      Can’t wait till “16 Tons” become our national anthem.

  8. GTBurns says:

    Obama is a UNITER, he is uniting everyone against his entire AGENDA. WAY TO GO!
    The public is fast getting SICK of his socialist brainfarts.

    Global Warming movement is crumbling because when 10% of this country is out of work, they could care less about slappy the squirrel.

  9. for the people against karmalita plainsbull martin says:

    I dont think karmalita plainsbull martin should talk about human trafficing in any way. With the fact that she has sold her other daughter to people that hurt and violated this child. But maybe in karmalitas eyes it was ok cause she followed the indian child welfare act and sold her to a native american crow tribe family. This woman should be banned from making any “press” for herself cause shes not whom u all may “know” in the sence. shes also just as bad as the people she protests about for she is
    .mismanaging her own children with their neglect and welfare and best interest by keeping them out of school most of there life , to suit her own selfish needs for publicity and protests that should be left to someone other than this woman that should put her family first . But instead uses her children to gain pity from people so that they give her handouts. She should try putting more energy into getting and keeping a job than “WORKING” the system .

  10. proreason says:

    Obamy enjoys a tasty meal on the reservation with some bitter clingers:

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/02/obama_being_forced_to_look_at.html#photo=22


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