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Alex Jacobs: Indians on Donald Trump's team speak in termination tongue

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Make Your Own! Ross Swimmer mask, circa 1986. Image created by Average Savage Players / National Congress of American Indians

Oh no, is termination back in vogue now that Republican Donald Trump is about to take control of the White House? Mohawk artist and poet Alex Jacobs doesn't think things look so good for Indian Country:
The infamous study “The Energy Wealth of Indian Nations” by Shawn Regan and Terry Anderson (George W. Bush Institute/Property and Environment Research Center) is the manual of the Indian Sellouts and energy vampires on Team Trump. “Native American reservations are unable to develop their vast energy resources due to poorly-defined property rights. If policies were different… tribes could earn a 5% return on their energy resources… and would have additional income of $75 billion per year, and U.S. GDP would increase by as much as 0.5% per year…. regulations on American Indian energy reserves impose a huge cost on the rightful owners of those reserves and on economic growth. (Indian lands) contain 30% of the nation’s coal reserves west of the Mississippi, 50% of potential uranium reserves, and 20% of known oil and gas reserves — resources worth nearly $1.5 trillion, or $1.5 million per tribal member. Yet 86% of Indian lands with energy or mineral potential remain undeveloped because of Federal control of reservations that keeps Indians from fully capitalizing on their natural resources if they desire…”

Gee, I almost started crying at how poor and pathetic we Natives are made to be. That’s what the Team Trump Indians will be saying too, “Oh the Plight of my Poor People.” Markwayne Mullin waded in and got shot down real fast when the whole “Native Lands to get privatized” hit the media cycle. Mullin, who apprenticed under Ross Swimmer, had to re-frame his re-definition of the relationship Natives have with the Federal Government, and how The Black Snakes in the new federal agencies will be “relinquishing federal control over tribes and redefining citizenship.” Of course Mullin headlined his mea culpa with “Sovereignty” in the title but he ended with… “It’s up to Indians how… best decide how their land should be developed.”

If Trump’s Black Snake Society is installed in Washington DC, we can expect little Black Snakes slithering around the USA, Indian Country and overseas (Exxon in Russia, a love package to Putin). We need The Return of the Thunderbirds, legendary beings who killed the monsters of old and protected the people, the real human beings. So it comes down to Extractors and Protectors, oil dinosaurs and energy vampires versus the air/water/land Protectors, the New Thunderbirds. CERT may be asked to do both, extract economically and protect environmentally; but Mullin and Swimmer still need to write up these new contracts and have the Native People (or their representatives) sign them, don’t they?

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