your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Native American Bank - Native people investing in Native communities
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Tim Giago: The survival of Indian people is taking a new turn

Filed Under: Opinion
More on: 113th, aca, congress, native sun news, poverty, republicans, tim giago

The following editorial was written by Tim Giago, Editor Emeritus of the Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News.

The survival of the Indian people is taking a new turn
Editorial By Tim Giago

The Republican controlled Congress has voted to cut the Food Stamps Program by $4 billion dollars. This is supposed to save the poor people from themselves.

Representative Kristi Noem, who was elected by all of the people of South Dakota, joined the right-wing Tea Party advocates in supporting this stupendous cut.

The Republican Congress is now about to drive the bus of sensibility off of the cliff by threatening to shut down the government in order to dismantle the so-called ObamaCare, or as it was originally named, The Affordable Care Act.

It is quite easy for members of Congress to sit back on their fat haunches and not give a hoot for the health problems of the rest of Americans. After all, they have one of the best health care policies to be found in this country. In this land called America that touts itself as an example of democracy and fair play, there are more than 40 million Americans without health insurance who fall through the cracks.

But this isn’t just happening on the local scene. There are thousands of Americans, white, black, Hispanic, Native American, etc., who will go hungry when the budget cuts on food stamps take place. It makes us wonder what in the world is happening to this country. It is well documented that the rich are growing richer while the poor are growing poorer, and that seems to be the new norm in this country.

Those poor people now getting food stamps and other subsidies will soon be subjected to drug tests and other infringements on their democratic rights in order to qualify for the programs. Apparently the Republican Congress is of the opinion that all recipients of food stamps are also addicted to drugs and alcohol. And if you test positive for drugs, you will be eliminated from the food stamps program.

Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said, “Congresswoman Noem just voted to go all-in on the Tea Party’s kamikaze mission by voting to shut down the U. S. Government unless her demand to give insurance companies free rein over health care is met. With this vote Noem just told the people of South Dakota that House Republicans will shut down the government if they can’t make insurance companies richer by giving them free rein to raise rates and take away protections that keep families from getting sick.”

There will also be some dramatic cuts to the funds allocated to the Indian Health Service coming down the road and you can bet your bottom dollar on it. There are new Congressional people now looking at the sovereign status of Indian nations and they are beginning to question its authenticity. Collectively they believe that treaties signed between the Indian nations and the U. S. Government are now antiquated and have no place in the America of today; so tighten your seat belts all of you tribal leaders out there because we, as a people, are headed for a very rough ride.

The wars for the survival of the Indian people have never ended and they are about to get worse, but this time it will be the lawmakers and not the law breakers that lead the charge against us. Stay tuned to Native Sun News because we will keep you informed and educated on this upcoming battle.

Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is President of Unity South Dakota. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard with the Class of 1990. His weekly column won the H. L. Mencken Award in 1985. He was the founder of The Lakota Times, Indian Country Today, Lakota Journal and Native Sun News. He can be reached at

Copyright permission by Native Sun News

Related Stories:
Tim Giago: Shannon County -- The second poorest in America (9/18)

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Donald Trump embraces big energy projects like Dakota Access (10/24)
Democracy Now: New resistance in fight against Dakota Access (10/24)
Tim Giago: No one feels honored by racist & offensive mascots (10/24)
Mark Trahant: North Dakota takes #NoDAPL battle to extremes (10/24)
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' Indian arts law (10/24)
Native Sun News Today: Republican won't agree to tribal forum (10/24)
Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe opens nursing home (10/24)
Clara Caufield: Tribute to outgoing Northern Cheyenne leader (10/24)
Mary Annette Pember: North Dakota on #NoDAPL crackdown (10/24)
Terese Marie Mailhot: Native women deserve to be respected (10/24)
Steven Newcomb: Getting to the origins of federal Indian law (10/24)
Peter d'Errico: Seminole Tribe embraces limits on sovereignty (10/24)
Pregnant woman on Muckleshoot Reservation killed by police (10/24)
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths at Pine Ridge (10/24)
Bus returning from Torres-Martinez Band casino in fatal crash (10/24)
Jamul Indian Village refinances $460M in casino related debt (10/24)
Firm cites 2009 National Indian Gaming Commission opinion (10/24)
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye backs Hillary Clinton (10/21)
Twenty-Nine Palms Band disputes 'Trump, You're Fired' story (10/21)
Repatriation review committee announces additional meetings (10/21)
Native Sun News Today: Ping-pong continues in #NoDAPL case (10/21)
Lakota Country Times: 'Reel Jobs' school nurtures Lakota talent (10/21)
James Giago Davies: Drugs and crime overrun our reservations (10/21)
Dana Lone Hill: Becoming a grandmother is life's highest honor (10/21)
Misty Perkins: Indigenous voices are lost in colonial translation (10/21)
John Leguizamo: Who was 'mistreating indigenous people' first? (10/21)
Bureau of Land Management confirms repatriation for ancestor (10/21)
Cowlitz Tribe opposes coal export terminal on aboriginal lands (10/21)
Crow Tribe signs agreement to resolve long-running tax dispute (10/21)
National Indian Gaming Commission refutes online gaming claim (10/21)
Pinoleville Pomo Nation stays quiet on long-delayed casino plan (10/21)
Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust application (10/20)
Native leaders in Alaska endorse Hillary Clinton in historic move (10/20)
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile code (10/20)
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election (10/20)
Chemehuevi Tribe secures approval of HEARTH Act regulations (10/20)
Poarch Band of Creek Indians can't be sued for firing employee (10/20)
Native Sun News Today: Oglala veteran shot and killed by police (10/20)
Lakota Country Times: Founders of annual Spiritual Run honored (10/20)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.