From the 1927 Grand Council of American Indians

“The white people, who are trying to make us over into their image, they want us to be what they call “assimilated,” bringing the Indians into the mainstream and destroying our own way of life and our own cultural patterns. They believe we should be contented like those whose concept of happiness is materialistic and greedy, which is very different from our way.

We want freedom from the white man rather than to be intergrated. We don’t want any part of the establishment, we want to be free to raise our children in our religion, in our ways, to be able to hunt and fish and live in peace. We don’t want power, we don’t want to be congressmen, or bankers....we want to be ourselves. We want to have our heritage, because we are the owners of this land and because we belong here.

The white man says, there is freedom and justice for all. We have had “freedom and justice,” and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this.”

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Welcome to Indian Affairs!

Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.7 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 562 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 66 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 44,000 Indian students. BIA and BIE’s missions are:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to:
“… enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.”

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) mission is to:
“… provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs to cultural and economic well being in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Bureau considers the whole person (spiritual, mental, physical and cultural aspects.)”

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First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Department of Interior, the first time a First Lady has visited the agency in over 12 years. The agency is responsible for millions of acres of parks and public land, protecting endangered species, and managing America’s oil and natural gas resources. It is made up of eight bureaus, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That bureau got special attention in Mrs. Obama’s speech today, when announced that her husband will create a new position to advise on Native American Affairs.

“Barack has pledged to honor the unique government-to-government relationship between tribes and the federal government,” she said. “And he’ll soon appoint a policy advisor to his senior White House staff to work with tribes and across the government on these issues such as sovereignty, health care, education—all central to the well-being of Native American families and the prosperity of tribes all across this country.”

Good, maybe POTUS will pardon Leonard Peltier.

---- some honorary Lympian

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