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Whose Welfare?

oldervoter68 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 9:34 AM
Provided courtesy of the US Government (we the taxpayer) (speaking of conditions on the reservations). Maybe we should ask the Native Americans how full government control of their lives has worked out for them over the years.
AZYaateeh Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:24 AM
Or, more pointedly, "These are the same people who gave the Navajo wheat flour on the Long Walk, so they starved. They don't know a damn thing about you."

(The death toll on the Long Walk was a genuine tragedy, not an atrocity. See, Navajos had never before seen wheat flour—they thought you could just eat it raw, as you can with cornmeal—and the whites didn't realize it was an issue. So they starved, despite being well-provisioned.)

If there is ever a contest for the law with the most grossly misleading title, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 should be a prime candidate, because the last thing this Act protects is the welfare of Indian children.

The theory behind the Indian Child Welfare Act is that an American Indian child should be raised in an American Indian culture.

Based on that theory, a newborn baby of American Indian ancestry, who was adopted immediately after birth by a white couple, was at 27 months of age taken away from the only parents she has ever known and given...