Today, I was reading the article on "Senate nixes bill on Native database" (The Billings Gazette, Feb. 28).
And, toward the end of the article a quote by Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls: "They (Tribes) receive gobs of money from the federal government."
I am sending a personal invitation to Sen. Fielder to come to the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and I will personally take her on a tour of the communities on our reservation so she can witness first-hand what the "gobs" of money has done for this tribe. Or, any of the other senators who voted against advancing the bill.
One other thing I would suggest is that Sen. Fielder do some researching and study up on the Treaty the Cheyenne Tribe signed with the United States government. Perhaps, it will give her better insight to understand the federal government’s responsibility. Back in the late 1980s, it was said that for every dollar that left D.C., by the time it trickled down to the agency/reservation level, only a dime was left. Nothing has changed today. It is the federal bureaucracy at its best. Our esteemed U.S. senators, representatives, and career bureaucrats cannot resolve this issue.
Eldridge Cleaver said: "When you cannot solve a problem, you become part of the problem."
My solution? Send a quarter (25 cents) from D.C., eliminate all of the middle-men, that way the quarter (25 cents) would reach the agency/reservation level.
I have lived on this reservation for nearly three-fourths of a century, so I have witnessed and experienced quite a lot.