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Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects

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Maybe these Native American tribes would prefer a casino on their "sacred land". Or just some more government cash and the power project will be OK?

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Their land.

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Good for them, it's their land and they should decide. They suffered enough throughout the history.

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wallaceToday  10:24 am JST

Their land.

The time has come, to say 'Fair's fair'. To pay the rent, to pay our share. - MIDNIGHT OIL 1988

> LolaToday  12:52 pm JST

Good for them, it's their land and they should decide. They suffered enough throughout the history.

It's slowly starting to improve for them, even in Canada. I visited the Wendake Huron reserve, resort and museum in Quebec City in 2019 and feasted on a delicious dinner of Huron escargot. And I got to see and learn ALOT about the Huron Confederacy that US schools never taught us. On the way there I got gas and stocked up on stuff and bought some legal weed at Tyconderoga Mohawk Reserve. Hemp farmers on First Native Reserves are making a windfall.

A large reserve that has Native American glyphs has been made off limits to drilling and invasive production. The oil pipeline invading Sioux lands that Traitor Don signed an Executive Order was not enacted. Neither was the stupid Berln-ish wall he wanted but that bastard destroyed enough of the Organ Pipe Cactus Park without permission from the Apaches.

New York State has legalized weed and with their convenient reservations the Iroquois Confederacy is about to make an even bigger windfall now. And in Connecticut I visited three Native American reservations - two Mohican and one Pequot. They are museums and gambling meccas; with restaurants, Hard Rock and other cafes, and small arenas that host business conventions, sports events, all kinds of entertainment and such incl. hosting big names like Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and even Bruce Springsteen.

These reservations are sovereign and as such you obey their laws. Since you're a guest you act like one. And don't do anything stupid.

It's about doggone time these Real Actual 'Americans' got a break.

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There are no "Native Americans" in Canada.

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There are no "Native Americans" in Canada.

Yes there are.

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Yes there are.

Maybe immigrants.

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My great grandmother was a little girl before there was a reservation. Oil drilling and other activities were done there, mostly without even asking the Navajo. That is pretty much what still happens. The fact that companies have to deal with the Navajo is a fixed game. One way or another business decisions go through.

The history of the American Indian is a bad one, as most of you know. It is still bad. There are still parts of the reservation that doesn't have electricity and never has. They have been marginalized and pretty much ignored. No one has ever asked any Indian nation what they wanted. Most American Indians don't like "Native Americans" as a term for them. No one asked. Indian themed sports teams never asked Indians if it was all right to use them. No one asks the Indians what they want, nor what they don't want. Probably this project will go through with a compromise that is good for the company and less so for the Indians.

The social treatment of the American Indians is still bad. They are looked down on and abused by the people who contacts with them. I could go on. There is a lot going on. A look at "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown or "Indian Wars of the West" by Paul I. Wellman would give a good picture of the abuses of the past and present. Odds are they will lose this case. That is still the history. There has never been a treaty that has not been broken.

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StrangerlandFeb. 28  02:08 pm JST

There are no "Native Americans" in Canada.

Canada calls them 'First Nations' or 'Native Canadians'.

Gene HennighToday  12:32 am JST

My great grandmother was a little girl before there was a reservation. Oil drilling and other activities were done there, mostly without even asking the Navajo. That is pretty much what still happens. The fact that companies have to deal with the Navajo is a fixed game. One way or another business decisions go through.

The history of the American Indian is a bad one, as most of you know. It is still bad. There are still parts of the reservation that doesn't have electricity and never has. They have been marginalized and pretty much ignored. No one has ever asked any Indian nation what they wanted.

My cousin was an Air Force officer and he became a doctor by that way. He was assigned to Sioux reservations out in the Dakotas and he absolutely hated every minute of it. The living conditions and gross poverty there was and is overbearing. When his 12 year obligation was up he left and now he and his wife (whom he met at the same facility) now are doctors with their own practices and 4 bright beautiful children. Now he's happy again.

Most American Indians don't like "Native Americans" as a term for them. No one asked. Indian themed sports teams never asked Indians if it was all right to use them. No one asks the Indians what they want, nor what they don't want. Probably this project will go through with a compromise that is good for the company and less so for the Indians.

I have heard that term used by Native Americans on TV for the first time in a 1975 episode of 'Alice'. They said it themselves. And that's as accurate a term for them as any. 'Indians' are from India.

The social treatment of the American Indians is still bad. They are looked down on and abused by the people who contacts with them. I could go on. There is a lot going on. A look at "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Dee Brown or "Indian Wars of the West" by Paul I. Wellman would give a good picture of the abuses of the past and present. Odds are they will lose this case. That is still the history. There has never been a treaty that has not been broken.

There's been some improvements during the past few years. The statues of Columbus at Columbus State University, the city of Columbus Ohio itself and elsewhere have been taken down. He was nothing but a plunderer, slaver, thief, murderer, rapist, etc. Not a discoverer, hero or explorer. And think - what if he did reach the Orient as the myths say he wanted to? What would've he done to the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Malays, etc.? The same genocidal crimes and abuses.

Also in sports, the Washington DC NFL team is now the 'Commanders'. And in MLB the Cleveland Indians are GONE. Word was that a curse was put on the team, that as long that they had that grossly ugly racist 'Wahoo' mascot (that's a racist epithet), the team would never win a World Series. Well they never did. I think the name 'Guardians' is kinda lame but it's a VAST improvement over what it was before. Bigtime.

And recently a Hopewell mound complex in Ohio just got listed amongst the UNESCO World Cultural sites.

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